Gretchen Ernster Henderson is a senior lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin. Her recent writing has appeared in Ecotone (Notable in Best American Essays 2020), Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Notre Dame Review, and many other journals, with co-authored work in Nature Sustainability and Conservation Biology. Her previous books include Ugliness: A Cultural History and Galerie de Difformité. Her opera libretto on the climate crisis, Cassandra in the Temples, premiered at MIT. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.