Marc Herman is the author of "The Wizard and the Volcano," a reconstruction of the eruption of Indonesia's Mt. Merapi; "The Shores of Tripoli," a dispatch from the Libyan civil war; and "Searching for El Dorado," an account of his travels with gold prospectors in the Amazon forest. He is a founding member of Deca, an international writer's cooperative. His writing has appeared in dozens of publications including The Atlantic, Harper's Bazaar, Slate, The Believer and GQ. Raised in California, he lives in Barcelona with his family.