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Perfecting the Book: a Workshop for Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts – FINE ARTS WORK CENTER in Provincetown
Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

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Kristina Marie Darling Perfecting the Book: a Workshop for Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts Poetry June 20 to August 12, 2022 Tuition: $750.00 Class Size: 15 Session: summer Level: 8 week asynchronous workshop


This workshop will provide detailed feedback on individual poems, as well as offering students a variety of strategies for sequencing, structuring, sectioning, and titling a full-length poetry manuscript. We will glean insights about these elements of craft from a wide range of published collections, which include Julianna Baggott’s Lizzie Borden in Love, Lucie Brock Broido’s The Master Letters, Shane McCrae’s In the Language of My Captor, Ruth Ellen Kocher’s Domina Un/blued, Kristin Bock’s Cloisters, Jen Moore’s The Veronica Maneuver, Jennifer S. Cheng’s House A, and other texts as determined by student interests. We will discuss the steps one takes to build an audience for a book prior to publication, strategies for effective pitches to publishers, and standard submissions procedures within the industry, in addition to offering personally tailored journal and publisher recommendations.

Optional Live Elements: weekly Zoom office hours by appointment, as well as an end of class reading and celebration via zoom.


Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirty-seven books, which include Stylistic Innovation, Conscious Experience, and the Self in Modernist Women’s Poetry, forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group; Daylight Has Already Come: Selected Poems 2014 - 2020, which will be published by Black Lawrence Press; 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; Silent Refusal:  Essays on Contemporary Feminist Writing, newly available from Black Ocean; Angel of the North, which is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry; and X Marks the Dress: A Registry (co-written with Carol Guess), which was just launched by Persea Books in the United States. Penguin Random House Canada has also published a Canadian edition.

An expert consultant with the U.S. Fulbright Commission, 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; seven residencies at the American Academy in Rome, where she has also served as an ambassador for recruitment; grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation and Harvard University’s Kittredge Fund; 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; two grants from the Whiting Foundation; a Faber Residency in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, which she received on two separate occasions; and an artist-in-residence position with the Andorran Ministry of Culture; among many other awards and honors. Dr. Darling serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press & Tupelo Quarterly. Beginning in the fall of 2022, she will also serve as Publisher-in-Residence at the American University in Rome and Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome.