Kelly Daniels was raised by American nomads and has lived for stints in a commune in Hawaii, a converted step van, and a little red cabin in the desert. As an adult, he set off on his own, traveling extensively in Europe, Mexico, and Central America. Along the way, he picked up odd jobs when he could find them, such as production manager of a furniture factor in Guatemala, as a newspaper reporter in Mexico, and as a bartender pretty much everywhere. A regular contributor to The Sun magazine, his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many literary journals, including Hotel Amerika, Puerto del Sol, Cimarron Review, Third Coast, and the Sonora Review. His debut memoir, Cloudbreak, California, was one of BuzzFeed’s “13 favorite works of nonfiction in 2013.” A former MacDowell Fellow, he’s an associate professor of creative writing at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.