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Kiala Givehand, Poet and Artist
Materials: Woman Unleashed journal, watercolors, water, water brush, a black Stabilo All pencil, a fountain pen, an oracle deck, and a page of found text.
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Kiala Givehand is a published poet, bookbinder, printmaker, fountain pen collector, and radical nomad. She believes in surrounding herself with ordinary humans who live extraordinary lives, gathering with people who allow her to laugh & love uncontrollably, and living a life intent on cultivating happiness. Kiala is a double Capricorn, ambivert who grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida where she learned to appreciate and respect hurricanes, humidity, and the transformational powers of the sun, the moon, and the ocean. She holds six academic degrees in various subjects from various universities, but the one she cherishes most is her M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Poetry from Mills College where she fell in love with Book Art. Kiala obsessively studies astrology, sacred geometry, mandalas, and other ancient intuitive systems.

Her writing has appeared in Brush Magazine, Mabel Magazine, Calyx: A Journal of Literature by Women, Cave Canem Anthology XIII, Eleven Eleven, Jacket 2,, the Bella Vista Art Gallery, and in the Campanil. She is a SoulCollage® facilitator, a Cave Canem fellow, a Voices of Our Nations (VONA) alum, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Through online courses and in person retreats/workshops she teaches women all over the world how to find what makes them happy and pursue it without regrets.

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