Ann Japenga is a Palm Springs writer specializing in stories about the California deserts and the West. As a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, she developed a love for tales tied to the Western landscape. After moving to Palm Springs more than a decade ago, she zeroed in on “deserata”--the natural and human history of the California deserts from the San Gorgonio Pass to the Colorado River.
Ann’s work has appeared in the New York Times, People, Utne, Palm Springs Life, The Los Angeles Times Magazine and many other publications. She has also written extensively about health and medicine for the Time, Inc. magazines Health and Hippocrates. Her desert essays are included in the anthologies “True Tales of the Mojave” and “The New Desert Reader”.
She is the founder of the website