Alan Michael Parker is a novelist, poet, raconteur, professor, and squeeky wheel. He writes books. 



Twitter: @AMPoProse

IT'S HERE, IT'S HERE: Check out Alan Michael Parker's latest novel, just published by Dzanc Books, The Committee on Town Happiness.

 For the second year in a row, Alan Michael Parker has won the 2014 Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize from the North Carolina Writers Network. The award's for a new poem, "Lights Out in the Chinese Restaurant." Jillian Weise was the judge.

Hey, I've been interviewed--along with the fabulous Laura van den Berg. Thank you, Rollins College.

Here's a feature curated for the Los Angeles Review of Books by Alan Michael Parker, eight Valentines by poets to books they loved in 2013.

How to put a book of poems together? What a bother. Here's some thinking about what goes where, and why, courtesy of Puerto del Sol.

Alan Michael Parker's "Beach House as Nostalgia Museum" has been named a Notable Essay by the Editors of the 2013 Best American Essays.

"The Ladder," a new poem of AMP's, has been awarded the 2013 Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize by the North Carolina Writers' Network. Gabriel Spera was the judge.

"After Love," a new poem of AMP's, is up on Slate, along with an audio file. Thanks to Poetry Editor Robert Pinsky.

There are two new poems of AMP's, "The Astronaut" and "Roadkill," up on Waccamaw. Thanks to editor Dan Albergotti.

With thanks to Heather Treseler at Worcester State University, here's a 2013 reading featuring Joy Katz and Alan Michael Parker.

And more... 

Long Division was shortlisted for the 2013 Rilke Prize, for "a book written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision"; this year's winner is Animal Eye, by Paisley Rekdal of the University of Utah. AMP was awarded a $2500 prize and a reading in Denton, TX. Here's the audio.

Long Divison received the 2012 North Carolina Book Award, also known as the Roanoke-Chowan Award in Poetry. Previous recipients include Joseph Bathanti, Randall Jarrell, Dorianne Laux, Reynolds Price, and Carl Sandburg. Here's coverage of the news on the Davidson College site.

Long Division was shortlisted for the 2013 Eric Hoffer Award.

Long Division was shortlisted for the 2013 Brockman-Campbell Award, one of two Honorable Mentions; the award was won by Kathryn Kirkpatrick for Our Held Animal Breath. The Brockman-Campbell Award is given annually "for the book of poetry judged to be the best published by a North Carolinian in the preceding year." Congratulations to Kathryn Kirkpatrick.

There's new poetry in the works: look for poems by AMP in the current American Poetry Review, Iodine, Moon City Review, and Smartish Pace; recent work in The New Republic, Slate, and The Yale Review; and forthcoming work in Tikkun, Obsessions: Sestinas in the Twenty-first Century (Whitlow & Krysl, eds.), and elsewhere.


Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, Alan Michael Parker has written three novels, Cry Uncle, Whale Man (WordFarm, 2011) and The Committee on Town Happiness (Dzanc Books, 2014), along with eight collections of poems: Days Like Prose, The Vandals, Love Song with Motor Vehicles, A Peal of Sonnets, Elephants & Butterflies, Ten Days (with painter Herb Jackson), Long Division and The Ladder (Tupelo Press, forthcoming in 2015). He served as Editor of The Imaginary Poets, and co-editor of two other volumes of scholarship. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Pleiades, and The Yale Review, among other magazines, and in 2011 were anthologized in The Best American Poetry as well as The Pushcart Prize; his prose has appeared in journals including The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Yorker. 

Alan Michael Parker has received numerous awards and fellowships, including three Pushcart Prizes, the Fineline Prize from the Mid-American Review, the 2013 Randall Jarrell Award, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the 2012 North Carolina Book Award for Long Division; his 2011 novel, Whale Man, was shortlisted for the 2011 ForeWord Reviews's "Book of the Year Award" in the category of Literary Fiction. His essay, "Beach House as Nostalgia Museum," was named a Notable Essay by the editors of the 2013 Best American Essays.

As an undergraduate, AMP was invited to join the graduate poetry workshop at Washington University, where he studied with Donald Finkel, Howard Nemerov, and Mona Van Duyn. As a graduate student in the School of the Arts at Columbia University, where he received his M.F.A. in Writing, Alan Michael Parker studied with Carolyn Forche, Richard Howard, Denis Johnson, Stanley Kunitz, William Matthews, and Nobel Laureates Joseph Brodsky and Czeslaw Milosz.

Since 1998, Alan Michael Parker has taught at Davidson College, where he was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2007; in 2012, he was named Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English. He also teaches in the University of Tampa Low-Residency M.F.A. program, where he works with graduate student writers in both poetry and fiction. 

Alan Michael Parker lives in Davidson, NC with his wife, the artist Felicia van Bork, whose work is represented by the Jerald Melberg Gallery.


Writing in the Mid-American Review, John Freeman says: "I would guess that Parker's brand of ironic inquiry will keep the critics busy for quite a while. Not since Wallace Stevens has America produced a poet as complex and varied as he is accessible... a must for any serious reader of American poetry."