Kiala Givehand is a poet, educator, and book artist originally from Florida, now writing and living in Oakland, CA with her husband Damon. She holds two bachelor degrees from Florida State University, an Ed.S. from Nova Southeastern University and an MFA in Poetry from Mills College where she spent two years as the poetry editor for 580 Split. Kiala is the founding editor of Generations Literary Journal and a teacher of Creative Writing, Humanities, and English Composition. Her writing has appeared on deadpaper.org, at the Bella Vista Art Gallery in Chicago, in the Campanil and is forthcoming in Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, a Voices of Our Nation (VONA) alum, the recipient of a Penland Winter Residency and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.