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Kristina Marie Darling Collaboration, Social Justice, & Professional Empowerment: a Workshop for Writers & Artists Multi-Genre October 9 to December 1, 2023 Number of Participants: 0 Price: $750.00 Format: 8 Week Asynchronous Workshop


Collaborations inevitably lead creative practitioners to reflect on their own voice, aesthetic choices, and their subject position, expanding one’s sense of what is possible in one’s own projects, even when working alone. With that in mind, this workshop will place a particular emphasis on collaborating with those whose work differs significantly from one’s own in style, genre, and/or medium. Part of the workshop will address finding collaborators, and will offer strategies to expand one’s community beyond one’s chosen discipline. We will consider collaborations between writers and artists (for example, Yuliya Lanina’s poetry and music box project), examples of self-ekphrasis, where collaboration becomes a dialogue between parts of the self or parts of consciousness, as in Sandy Longhorn’s most recent work, Karen Green’s Bough Down, and Elizabeth J. Colen’s The Nature of Daylight. We will also look at text-based collaborations between writers whose style and genre differ significantly – for example, poet Daniela Olszewska and novelist Carol Guess, who have co-authored several innovative prose works. Lastly, we will also consider the ethics of collaboration, how to be a good collaborator, and different models and structures for collaboration.

Optional LIVE elements: Zoom office hours by appointment


Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over thirty books. An expert consultant with the United States Fulbright Commission, a twice-awarded Fulbright Scholar, and a member of the peer review panel for Fulbright grants, Dr. Darling’s work has also 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 2024 Villa Lena Foundation Fellowship, a 2024 Civita Institute Fellowship, and ten juried residencies at the American Academy in Rome. Currently a faculty member at The Los Angeles Review of Books Publishing Workshop, she has taught at Yale University, the American University in Rome, Stanford University, where she leads a workshop in professional empowerment through their Continuing Studies Division, the New School, San Diego State University, where she has served as Editor-in-Residence in partnership with Poetry International on three occasions, and in Cedar Crest College’s Pan-European M.F.A. Program. A prolific public speaker with the Ovation Agency, Dr. Darling has also lectured at the historic Betsy Hotel in South Beach, Miami, the United States Embassy in Togo, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and Webster University’s Geneva, Switzerland campus, where she leads a biannual writing workshop for diplomats. Dr. Darling serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press & Tupelo Quarterly. Born and raised in the American Midwest, she now divides her time between Greece, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast.

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