Kendra Atleework is the author of Flight Plan, a memoir mapping the intersection of family, history, and landscape in California, forthcoming from Algonquin Books. Kendra grew up in the high desert of the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Ellen’s writing helped her survive her homesickness while she was living in the wet, green Midwest. Her dreams came true when she received the 2016 Ellen Meloy Desert Writer’s Award, which helped her complete her first book. Her writing has appeared in Best American Essays 2015, online with The Atlantic, and elsewhere.