Kristina Marie Darling

Criticism, Poetry

Kristina Marie Darling is a poet, essayist, and critic. She has published more than thirty books, including Silence in Contemporary Poetry (2021), In the Room of Persistent Sorrow (2019), and Dark Horse (2018). Her essay on the sexualization of women’s labor in the small press, "This Labor Was Never for You," went viral. She currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly, an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Review of Books, a staff blogger at the Kenyon Review, a contributing writer at Publishers Weekly, and a freelance book critic at The New York Times Book Review. In 2019, she was named to the U.S. Fulbright Commission’s roster of senior specialists. Darling's numerous honors and awards include residencies at Yaddo and the American Academy in Rome, grants from the Whiting Foundation, and the Dan Liberthson Prize from the Academy of American Poets. 

Festival Years: 2019, 2020, 2021