The winner of the 2021 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, Kendra Atleework, will read from her winning book Miracle Country: A Memoir and answer audience questions in this virtual event. Miracle Country blends personal narrative with historical nonfiction to explore the rich complexities of family and place, as well as the contemporary issue of climate change and its consequences.
Kendra Atleework was born and raised on the dry edge of California at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada mountains. She earned an MFA in writing from the University of Minnesota, and her writing has appeared in Best American Essays, The Atlantic, and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in her hometown of Bishop, California, where she can be found roaming the mountains and desert and growing a big garden.
More information about Kendra and her writing is available on her website.
A program of the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Awards recognize the best in environmental writing in adult nonfiction and children’s literature. Established in 1991, SONWA honors the literary legacy of Sigurd F. Olson by recognizing and encouraging contemporary writers who seek to carry on his tradition of nature writing.