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.


“Allowing for strangeness in criticism”: A Conversation with M.I. Devine & a Short Film

M. I. Devine’s essays have appeared in American Literature, Adaptation, Measure, and Los Angeles Review of Books. His writing has won support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Cofounder of the pop music project Famous Letter Writer, he is an Associate Professor of English at SUNY Plattsburgh. Kristina Marie […]


An Introduction to Jenny Grassl by Kristina Marie Darling

    In the tradition of Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Karen Volkman, and Lisa Jarnot, Jenny Grassl defamiliarizes language in poetry that is at once spontaneous and skillful, playful and erudite. Here, we encounter words that we only thought we knew, rendered suddenly strange as Grassl reimagines their semantic meaning. […]


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

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 […]


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 […]


“The tension between the lyrical and narrative”: A Conversation with Writer & Editor Elizabeth A.I. Powell

Elizabeth A.I. Powell is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Atomizer (LSU Press, 2020).Her two previous books of poems are: Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstancesand The Republic of Self. She is also the author of the novel “Concerning the Holy Ghost’s Interpretation of JCrew Catalogues. […]


“Silence holds all things: A Conversation with Poet & Physician Matthew Mumber” – curated by Kristina Marie Darling

Matthew Mumber, M.D., practices medicine as a board-certified radiation oncologist with the Harbin Clinic in Rome. After entering private practice, Matt attended and graduated from Dr. Andrew Weil’s fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona, where he met Rachel Remen and attended trainings on facilitation of physician-patient retreat […]


We have responsibilities to our stories: A Conversation with Writer & Artist Amalia Melis – curated by Kristina Marie Darling

Amalia Melis was born and raised in New York. She is a freelance hard news/feature writer who has worked from New York and Athens, Greece.  She has published interviews with two Pulitzer Prize winning authors Michael Cunningham and Frank McCourt. She is an essayist and fiction writer as well. Her […]


Brand New Spacesuit: A Conversation with John Gallaher & A Folio of New Work – curated by Kristina Marie Darling

John Gallaher is the author of Brand New Spacesuit, which was recently launched from BOA Editions, Map of the Folded World (University of Akron Press, 2009) and The Little Book of Guesses (Four Way Books, 2007), which won the Levis Poetry Prize. He is an associate professor of English at Northwest […]


American Faith: A Conversation with Poet & Editor Maya Popa – curated by Kristina Marie Darling

Maya C. Popa is the author of American Faith (Sarabande), 2020 recipient of the North American Book Prize from the Poetry Society of Virginia. She is the Poetry Reviews Editor of Publishers Weekly and a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is writing on the role of […]