Kristina Marie Darling is the author of twenty-seven books, which include JE SUIS L’AUTRE: ESSAYS & INTERROGATIONS (C&R Press, 2017), DARK HORSE (C&R Press, forthcoming), and THE DISAPPOINTMENT ACTS (C&R Press, forthcoming). Her books have been described by literary critics as “haunting,” “mesmerizing,” and “complex.” Poet and Kenyon Review editor Zach Savich writes that her body of work is a “singularly graceful and stunningly incisive exploration of poetic insight, vision, and transformation.” Donald Revell writes of her SELECTED POEMS, “Here is a new tradition, alive in bright air.” Kristina’s books have also been reviewed widely in literary magazines, including The Boston Review, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, The Colorado Review, The Mid-American Review, Pleiades, and The Southern Humanities Review.
Within the past few years, her writing has been honored with three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet, as well as a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, multiple residencies at the American Academy in Rome, and a Visiting Researcher Fellowship from the University of Washington’s Helen R. Whiteley Center. She has also held artist-in-residence fellowships at the Ucross Foundation, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Caldera, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Seaside Institute, the Writer’s Room at the Betsy Hotel – South Beach, the Marble House Project, the I-Park Foundation, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation, and numerous other institutions. Kristina is the recipient of international literary arts fellowships from Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), the B.A.U. Institute (Italy), Le Moulin à Nef (V.C.C.A. France), the Banff Centre (Canada), and 360 Xochi Quetzal (Mexico), as well as grants from Harvard University’s Kittredge Fund, the Whiting Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Ora Lerman Trust, the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, and the Rockefeller Archive Center. She was also awarded a Morris Fellowship in the Arts. Her work has been recognized three times with the Dan Liberthson Prize from the Academy of American Poets. She has received nominations for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Award.
Kristina is active as a literary critic, with reviews and essays appearing in such magazines as The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Agni, The Boston Review, The Literary Review, The Colorado Review, Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, and New Letters. A selection of her critical writing was honored with a nomination for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. Her projects have been supported by grants from the University of Missouri and the University at Buffalo, as well as a Riverrun Foundation Research Fellowship to complete archival work at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Kristina holds degrees in English Literature and American Culture Studies from Washington University, as well as an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Missouri. A recent graduate of the Ph.D. Program in Literature at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo, she is currently working toward an M.F.A. in Poetry at New York University. She is Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Quarterly, Associate Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press, and a contributing writer at Publishers Weekly.