John Calderazzo is a former full-time freelance writer of essays and magazine and newspaper articles, Professor Calderazzo teaches nonfiction writing workshops and literature classes. He’s the author of a how-to writing textbook, Writing from Scratch: Freelancing; a children’s science book, 101 Questions about Volcanoes; and a creative nonfiction book, Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives (2004). He writes about a wide variety of topics, including the nature of the personal essay, natural history, Asia, Buddhism, and the interrelationships of science and culture. His work has been cited in Best American Stories and Best American Essays and has appeared in Georgia Review, Audubon, Orion, Witness, and many other magazines. He is a winner of a Best CSU Teacher award and a creative writing fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts.