Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, Alan Michael Parker is a poet, novelist, professor, and squeaky wheel. He writes books.
Alan Michael Parker has written four novels, Cry Uncle, Whale Man, The Committee on Town Happiness, and Christmas in July. He is also the author of 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. He served as coeditor of The Manifesto Project (with Rebecca Hazelton), Editor of The Imaginary Poets, and coeditor of three other volumes. 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 twice in The Best American Poetry annual; 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 for his writing, including the 2018 Joanna Catherina Scott Award for his poem, “Virtual Villanelle,” and the 2017 Brockman-Campbell Award for The Ladder (an annual prize for the best book of poetry published in the state), both from the North Carolina Poetry Society; along with three Pushcart Prizes, the Fineline Prize from the Mid-American Review, the 2013 and the 2014 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. His most recent fellowships include residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Corporation of Yaddo, and as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. He has been called “a general beacon of brilliance” by Time Out, New York.
While still an undergraduate, at age twenty, 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 Forché, Richard Howard, Denis Johnson, Stanley Kunitz, William Matthews, and Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky (with shorter stints with Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney, Czeslaw Milosz, and Derek Walcott). 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.