Kristina Marie Darling

Poet, Critic and Editor


From February 18 to March 1, 2019

Biography —

Personal Website

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirty-two books, including Look to Your Left:  The Poetics of Spectacle (Akron Poetry Series, forthcoming in 2020) and DARK HORSE:  Poems (C&R Press, 2018).  She currently serves as 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.    

Project —

I will continue work on an essay collection called Look To Your Left:  The Poetics of Spectacle.  This essay collection, which is currently under contract with the University of Akron Poetry Series, interrogates the politics and power imbalances implicit in the simple act of looking. Drawing on representations of the gaze in recent poetry by women, non-binary writers, and writers of color, the book explores the poetry as a hypothetical testing ground, in which the relationship between viewer and viewed can be renegotiated. The essays explore form and technique as politically charged, a way of performing and involving the reader in alternative models of spectacle and spectatorship. My essays focus on the work of writers who have been heretofore undertheorized, including Julia Story, Laurie Sheck, Virginia Konchan, Victoria Chang, Anne Barngrover, and many others.