Author Profile

Hilary Darling | Director of the Summer Institute, California Institute of the Arts

Current Position and Past Experience
Hilary Darling is Director of the Summer Institute at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where she coordinates summer residency programs for students in animation, filmmaking and the arts. Concurrently, she is a poet and scholar of English Literature, focusing on the works of Shakespeare, the Victorians and the multi-cultural tradition of fairy tales. In addition to coordinating summer sessions at CalArts, Darling teaches language arts in the School of Critical Studies.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Hilary Darling earned her BFA in English Language and Literature from Smith College and her MFA from the Writing Program at the California Institute of the Arts. Darling is the author of Apologia, a collection of poetry excerpted in various publications and online journals. Her literary honors include winning the Academy of American Poets University Prize at Portland State University and the Foote Memorial Prize in Biblical Studies, and being a featured writer in Kurt Vonnegut’s master class at Smith College.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
In addition to maintaining a personal writing practice, Hilary Darling supports her community by volunteering at schools and local non-profit arts organizations.