Kiara Brinkmangrew up first in the Midwest and then some more in California. She graduated from Brown University and earned her MFA from Goddard College. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney's, One Story, Pindeldyboz, and Failbetter.com, among other magazines. She has worked as a teacher, a tutor, and a nanny, and currently lives in San Francisco. Her book, Up High in the Trees, is a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, a Book Sense selection, and a Borders Original Voices pick. It is also Kiara’s Goddard thesis.