Video recordings of Jim Castellanos at the 2011 UND Writers Conference.
Jim Castellanos is a scientist and writer of El Salvadoran descent. After graduating from high school in California, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an aviation ordnance technician and in 2004, served a combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His experiences led him to become a conscientious objector and writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona. His scientific research has been published in Nature Medicine and his war writing has been anthologized in Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace edited by Maxine Hong Kingston. He is currently working on his first book.