Kendra Atleework grew up in the Eastern Sierra Nevada and Owens Valley region. She received her B.A. from Scripps College and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota. Her first publication was selected for inclusion in The Best American Essays 2015 anthology edited by Robert Atwan and Ariel Levy. Her nonfiction won the AWP Intro Journals Award in 2014, and can be found in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Pinch Journal, The Morning News, and Guernica. She is at work on a book of nonfiction about drought and wildfire in her home state of California.