Kristina Marie Darling is a poet, essayist, and critic. She holds a doctorate from the Poetics Program at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo, as well an M.F.A. from New York University. She is currently a Nonfiction Fellow at Columbia University in the City of New York.
A 2021 Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Darling is the author of thirty-five books, which include Look to Your Left: A Feminist Poetics of Spectacle (University of Akron Press, 2020); Formal Innovation, Conscious Experience, and the Self in Modernist Women’s Poetry (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2021); Silence in Contemporary Poetry, which will be published in hardcover by Clemson University Press in the United States and Liverpool University Press in the United Kingdom; DIFFICULT: Essays on Contemporary Feminist Poetry (Black Ocean, forthcoming); ANGEL OF THE NORTH (Salmon Poetry, 2022); Je Suis L’Autre: Essays & Interrogations (C&R Press, 2017), which was named one of the “Best Books of 2017” by The Brooklyn Rail; and DARK HORSE: Poems (C&R Press, 2018), which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.
Her hybrid collaboration with Carol Guess will be launched in 2022 from Persea Books. Penguin Random House Canada will also publish a Canadian edition. Selections from this collaborative work are currently being set to music by acclaimed composer Dale Trumbore and will be performed in several cities across the country thanks to a grant from Chamber Music America through their Classical Commissioning Program.
Additionally, Dr. Darling is the editor of several anthologies, which include Trespassing in the Archive: Poetry in Conversation with History, forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group; Four Quartets: Poetry in the Pandemic, which she co-edited with Jeffrey Levine for Tupelo Press; and The Best of Tupelo Quarterly, which will also be published by Tupelo Press.
Dr. Darling’s most recent poems appear in The Harvard Review, Poetry International, New American Writing, Nimrod, Passages North, The Mid-American Review, and on the Academy of American Poets’ website, Poets.org. Dr. Darling has published essays in The New York Times, The Kenyon Review, The American Poetry Review, The Millions, Agni, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, and numerous other magazines. In 2020, she was one of the inaugural winners of the Zachary Doss Friends in Letters Memorial Fellowship.
Her work has been recognized with three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet and the Howard Moss Residency in Poetry, both of which are endowed residencies awarded, by internal committee nomination only, to recognize outstanding contributions to the arts; a Fundación Valparaíso fellowship to live and work in Spain; a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, funded by the Heinz Foundation; an artist-in-residence position at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris; five residencies at the American Academy in Rome; an artist-in-residence fellowship for faculty at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown; two grants from the Whiting Foundation; a Morris Fellowship in the Arts; a Faber Residency in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; an Elizabeth Ireland Graves Foundation Fellowship from Le Moulin a Nef; and the Dan Liberthson Prize from the Academy of American Poets, which she received on three separate occasions; among many other awards and honors.
Dr. Darling has also held artist-in-residence positions at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Writer’s Room at the Betsy Hotel — South Beach, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Caldera Foundation for the Arts, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the I-Park Foundation, the Brush Creek Center for the Arts, Willapa Bay AiR, the Ucross Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Vermont Studio Center, and many other art centers around the world.
A former Pabst Cultural Endowment Fellow at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the recipient of grants from Harvard University’s Kittredge Fund, Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Ora Lerman Trust, the Feminist Theory Workshop at Duke University, the Regional Arts Commission of Greater Saint Louis (on two occasions), and the Rockefeller Archive Center, Dr. Darling also was named the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship, a cash grant in the amount of $4,000 designated to further her contributions to the arts.
An editor, critic, and publisher, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly, an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Review of Books, a contributing writer at Publishers Weekly, a staff blogger at The Kenyon Review, and a freelance book critic at The New York Times Book Review. Dr. Darling has also held staff positions at Gulf Coast, The Best American Poetry, and Black Ocean, where she worked as a book publicist and grants specialist. As an emerging curator, Dr. Darling received funding for her editorial projects from the McNulty Endowed Chair, the David Gray Endowed Chair, and the English Department at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo.
Dr. Darling has lectured on contemporary literature, poetics, the publishing arts, and creative writing at San Diego State University, where she served as Editor-in-Residence; Calvin College’s Hudson-Townsend Publishing Institute, where she served as the keynote speaker; New York University, as well as NYU’s Summer Paris Writing Program; the Sorbonne Library in Paris; the Yale University Writers Workshop; the Columbia University Undergraduate Writing Program; Susquehanna University; the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown; the Idyllwild Arts Academy; Vermont College of the Fine Arts; the Leopardi Writers Workshop in Recanati, Italy; the Maslow Family Foundation Graduate Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University; the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Wichita State University; the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo; the University of Missouri at Columbia; the University of North Texas; Drake University; Buffalo State University; Florida International University; the University of Arizona; Western Washington University; the Poets and Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Program; and the Castle of Otranto in Italy. In 2019, she was granted a five-year tenure as an expert consultant with the U.S. Fulbright Commission.
Dr. Darling is represented by Mark Falkin of Falkin Literary and Marilyn Allen of the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency for book-length nonfiction. For speaking engagements, she is represented by Jean Jay of the Ovation Agency.