|Illustration from Mekonnen's book:Happyland|
Tes Mekonnen is with me to discuss the books he's written and his process as a writer. Tes came to America in 1990 at the age of four. He was born in Sudan, but considers himself Eritrean (a country on the horn of Africa) because his parents are Eritrean. They fled Eritrea because of war and trekked to a refugee camp in Sudan where they started a temporary life there then eventually came to America.