Katherine Standefer is the author of Lightning Flowers: My Journey To Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life, which was a Finalist for the 2021 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction and the Arizona/New Mexico Book Award. Lightning Flowers was also selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice/Staff Pick, named one of Oprah Magazine‘s Best Books of Fall 2020, and shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Standefer’s previous writing appeared in The Best American Essays 2016. She was a Marion Weber Healing Arts Fellow at the Mesa Refuge and a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good. Standefer earned her MFA at the University of Arizona and teaches for Ashland University’s Low-Residency MFA. She lives on a piñon- and juniper-studded mesa in New Mexico with her chickens.