Kristina Marie Darling

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirty books, including Look to Your Left: The Poetics of Spectacle (Akron Poetry Series, forthcoming in 2020) and DARK HORSE: Poems (C&R Press, 2018). Her work has been recognized with awards from Yaddo, the American Academy in Rome, the Whiting Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets. Kristina currently 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, and a freelance book critic at The New York Times Book Review.


“Creating subversive work empowers me”: A Conversation with Brenna Womer & a Folio of Poetry – curated by Kristina Marie Darling

Brenna Womer is a prose writer, poet, and English Lecturer at Western Colorado University. She holds an MA in English from Missouri State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula. She is the author of the mixed-genre collection honeypot (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019) […]


An Experimental Formalist: A Conversation with Alan Michael Parker – Curated by Kristina Marie Darling

Alan Michael Parker is the author or editor of eighteen books: the novels Cry Uncle (2006),Whale Man (2011), The Committee on Town Happiness (2014), and Christmas in July (2018); and the books of poems Days Like Prose (1997), The Vandals (1999), Love Song with Motor Vehicles (2003), The Penates (2006), Elephants & Butterflies (2007), Ten Days (2010, with painter Herb Jackson), Long Division (2012), and The Ladder (2016). His next book of poems, […]


An Introduction to Emily Rosko by Kristina Marie Darling

    Emily Rosko is a rising star in contemporary poetry.  She has a gift for bridging the vast expanse that is often imagined between literature and philosophy.  Like the great modernist poets who came before her, particularly Mina Loy, H.D., Gertrude Stein, and Marianne Moore, Rosko proves that form […]


An Introduction to G.C. Waldrep by Kristina Marie Darling

    G.C. Waldrep’s poems have widely praised for their lush musicality and vibrant soundscapes, and this new poem sequence is no exception.  Yet what I find most striking about these poems is their expansive and heartening vision of what experimentation can be.  In so much of contemporary poetry, innovative […]


An Introduction to Wayne Miller by Kristina Marie Darling

    Wayne Miller’s associative and elliptical narratives suggest that consciousness itself is fragmentary, that memory represents only our efforts to lend a sense of continuity to a gorgeously fractured experience of the world around us.  “We were together / in that daze of arrival,” he writes, evoking the uncanniness inherent […]


“To mirror-write again”: A Conversation with Amit Majmudar & Jane Zwart About Collaboration – Curated by Kristina Marie Darling

  Amit Majmudar is a novelist, poet, translator, essayist, and diagnostic nuclear radiologist. Majmudar’s latest books are Godsong: A Verse Translation of the Bhagavad-Gita, with Commentary (Knopf, 2018) and the mythological novel Sitayana (Penguin Random House India, 2019). Jane Zwart teaches English at Calvin University, where she also co-directs the […]


“In a chapbook, every poem has great weight and responsibility”: A Conversation with Chaun Ballard & A Folio of New Poetry

Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and San Bernardino, California, Chaun Ballard is an affiliate editor for Alaska Quarterly Review, a Callaloo fellow, and a graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Chaun Ballard’s chapbook, Flight, is the winner of the 2018 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and […]