Kimberly Meyer is the author of The Book of Wanderings (Little, Brown), which won the American Society of Journalists and Author’s 2016 Memoir Book Award and was a finalist for the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award. Other personal essays and long-form journalism have appeared in The Best American Travel Writing, Texas Monthly, Orion, Ploughshares, Ecotone, the Oxford American, and elsewhere, and on Public Radio International’s This American Life. With support from a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance for her current book project, When We Were Strangers, she has been following the lives of nine single mothers – refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Eritrea, and Congo – as they make their way through Amaanah Refugee Services’ Transformed Program in Houston, the most culturally diverse city in the country. While at MacDowell, she assessed the 2500 pages of transcripts she collected from interviews and time spent with the women. She also began shaping the material into a narrative and worked on her book proposal for the project. Meyer was awarded a 2018 Houston Arts Alliance fellowship for her work on refugees.