John Purfield is an instructor at the University of Colorado, Denver. You can find more of his work in Rhetoric Review. His primary research interests are rhetorics of the Anthropocene and composition pedagogy. He teaches English composition with a focus on ecology, social justice, and the intersection of the two. He hopes to continue his research on this damaged planet and help others find agency through writing. John is a teacher, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, and a caretaker of two spoiled cats.