Novelist? Poet? Essayist? Why choose? Kiara Koenig loves language, imagery, and an engaging narrative. She wants poetry “that is death-shaded, insecure, funny, tough. …that says to God, ‘I’m doing the best I can—what the hell more do you want from me?’” (D. Barresi). And prose that is “the perfect fist of words, melody, distortion, hope, beauty, and meaningful violence” (M. Ryan). Recently, Kiara has presented at AWP, published with Smart Pop, and won prizes for both fiction and poetry. She is the managing editor of Floodplane, an associate professor at Yuba College, and addicted to tennis.