Kiara’s getting her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Hamline this spring, and will be reading from her theses this Friday. She blogs about that over at Wordspinning.

Yes, theses. Maybe it’s just considered one thesis, but she’s done thesis-length works in both poetry and prose. That’s Kiara for you: why do anything half-assed when you can do twice the amount of top-notch work?

It sounds like she’ll be reading “Mary’s Baby,” which is a fine, fine short story embedded in her novel. I’m excited to see how she reads that, as the narrative voices in the story are so strong and so distinct.