Kristina Marie Darling


An Introduction to Ashanti Anderson by Simone Muench

    Ashanti Anderson’s three poems presented here—”Self-Portrait as Overseer,” “Self Portrait in Blackface, and “Resignation” are from her forthcoming manuscript Black Under from Black Lawrence Press in 2021. These are pieces that document atrocities while singing. The poems are powerful as single entities, but they accrue additional potency when […]


Editor’s Introduction to A Special Forum: Poetry in the Pandemic

    In the spring of 2020, the editors of Tupelo Press announced an open call for chapbook-length folios that addressed themes of illness, contagion, pandemic, sheltering-in-place, isolation, wellness, and public health. We were overwhelmed by the response. In a few months’ time, we received nearly 1200 submissions from around […]


“This Party’s Dead: A Conversation with Erica Buist & a Folio of Short Stories” – curated by Kristina Marie Darling

Erica Buist is a freelance writer and journalist, formerly a staffer at The Guardian, and she lectures at universities across the UK about features writing. She travelled to seven death festivals (in Mexico, Nepal, Sicily, Thailand, Madagascar, Japan and Indonesia) and wrote a book about it called This Party’s Dead, which […]


The Real Ambassadors: Reflections on the Politics of Poetic Representation by Andrea Applebee

listen to Thomas Ward reading this essay here. A few weeks ago, Charles Bernstein, Thomas Ward and I met for a discussion about the politics of poetic representation, and the ways we are marked by and engaged with language arising from our different experiences as secular Jewish, gay, and blind […]


Jacob Cooper’s Terrain: A Roundtable on Music, Poetry, and Collaboration with Jacob Cooper, Greg Alan Brownderville, Dora Malech, and Zach Savich

I first met the “conceptually intrepid” composer Jacob Cooper when he asked if I’d write a text for what became his debut full-length album, Silver Threads (Nonesuch, 2014). The album features a suite of  songs that extend from variations on classical haiku, performed by the “versatile, virtuosic” singer Mellissa Hughes. […]


“An Archeology of Myself: A Conversation with Novelist Nandini Bhattacharya” – curated by Kristina Marie Darling

Nandini Bhattacharya was born and raised in India and has called the United States her second continent for the last thirty years. Her short stories have been published or will be in the Saturday Evening Post Best Short Stories from the Great American Fiction Contest Anthology 2021, the Good Cop/Bad […]


Editor’s Note

It is truly an honor to introduce the twenty-second issue of Tupelo Quarterly. In addition to featuring new work by such literary luminaries as Mary-Kim Arnold, Denise Duhamel, Julie Marie Wade, Carol Guess, & Rachel Eliza Griffiths, we are excited to highlight several exciting new voices in the literary arts. […]