Individual residencies / Andorra


From Friday, 31 December 2021 to Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Writer, literary critic and publisher
United States


Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirty-five books, which include Look to Your Left: A Feminist Poetics of Spectacle (University of Akron Press, 2021); Stylistic Innovation, Conscious Experience, and the Self in Modernist Women’s Poetry (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2021); Silence in Contemporary Poetry, which will be published in hardcover by Clemson University Press in the United States and Liverpool University Press in the United Kingdom; DIFFICULT: Essays on Contemporary Feminist Poetry (Black Ocean, forthcoming); ANGEL OF THE NORTH (Salmon Poetry, forthcoming); and X Marks the Dress: A Registry (co-written with Carol Guess), which will be launched by Persea Books in the United States. Penguin Random House Canada will also publish a Canadian edition. Her work has been recognized with three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet and the Howard Moss Residency in Poetry; a Fundación Valparaíso fellowship to live and work in Spain; a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, funded by the Heinz Foundation; an artist-in-residence position at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris; five residencies at the American Academy in Rome; two grants from the Whiting Foundation; and the Dan Liberthson Prize from the Academy of American Poets, which she received on three separate occasions; among many other awards and honors.


I plan to work on a scholarly article that explores persona poetry — in other words, a poem written in the voice of a fictional speaker — as an exercise in empathy across generational boundaries, for both the reader and the author. The article will offer close readings of poems by writers who assume the persona of someone much older, or much younger, including recent work by Kara Candito, Louise Gluck, Rebecca Hazelton, Shane McCrae, Lillian Yvonne Bertram, Kelly Weber, and other contemporary poets. Questions the article will consider include: To what extent does poetry offer a hypothetical testing ground, where we can try out new ways of interacting and relating to one another? Can poetry foster empathy and generosity in our social interactions, in the arts, and in eldercare? How can we bring the imaginative freedom and empathy afforded by poetry into daily life? I look forward to the ways that the international and intergenerational nature of the Faber residency will inevitably expand my sense of what is possible within this scholarly article.

With gratitude to Faber Andorra

The Faber Residency is like no other program that exists for artists.  When I first arrived, I was struck by both the beauty of the place and the kindness of the individuals who organized the residency.  Everything was provided for, and because of the graciousness of my hosts, I was able to reflect and focus entirely on my residency project.   

As a result of the uninterrupted time and space to work on my article – truly, a gift – I have completed a draft, which I anticipate publishing.  I have also finalized two edited volumes, Trespassing in the Archive:  Poetry in Conversation with History and Open House: Conversations with Writers About Community, forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group and Tupelo Press, respectively.  I hope that these volumes will not only equip educators with the guidance and materials needed to render their curriculum more inclusive, but also, I hope that these books will give students the skills and knowledge to become leaders in the classroom and well beyond the boundaries of the university. 

Lastly, I had the pleasure of connecting with colleagues from the Fulbright program who are currently teaching and researching in Andorra, and I look forward to future collaboration with them.  Thank you to the Faber Residency for this incredible opportunity.

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