“Psalm” drops

November 11, 2019

Here’s “Psalm,” AMP’s poem that won the 2019 Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize from the North Carolina Writers Network. With thanks to storySouth and with gratitude to the late, great poet Yehuda Amichai, who’s quoted in this poem and whose presence …


March 22, 2019

Here’s a new poem by Alan Michael Parker, “When I Am a Hummingbird,” courtesy of the Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-a-Day” program, and editor for February Clint Smith.


March 17, 2019

Alan Michael Parker’s first collection of poems, Days Like Prose, has been reissued by WordFarm Press. First published in 1997, the new edition includes an introduction by the poet.

“Virtual Villanelle” wins

March 8, 2019

AMP’s poem, “Virtual Villanelle,” won the Joanna Catherine Scott Award, a contest judged by Marjory Wentworth, Poet Laureate of South Carolina. The competition is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, and the award includes publication in their journal as …

“Ornithology” flies…

March 5, 2019

Here’s a new Alan Michael Parker poem, “Ornithology,” in the Michigan Quarterly Review. With thanks to Khaled Mattawa for publishing the work.

New AMP poems

November 4, 2018

Look for new poems by Alan Michael Parker in forthcoming issues of American Poetry Review, The James Dickey Review, Manoa, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Most if not all of these works will be included in The Age of Discovery, AMP’s ninth collection of …

AMP in the Bechtler

October 1, 2018

… and a poet who gets to stand in front of a REALLY BIG WALL on which his poem has been mounted. Thanks to the Bechtler Museum, and curator Jen Sudul Edwards.

A generous review!

May 31, 2018

A generous review of Christmas in July… “the action of this book shows Parker’s genius for subtlety,” says Amanda Moger Rettig in The Colorado Review.

AMP on Tulsa NPR

March 26, 2018

What a treat when an interviewer has done his or her homework. Here’s Rich Fisher, the host of Tulsa Stories, with a great series of questions for Alan Michael Parker, about Christmas in July. With thanks to Tulsa Public Radio. (Yes, …

AMP at Bluestockings

January 21, 2018

Come play! On January 29 at 7 p.m., Dzanc Books and the Bluestockings Cooperative Bookstore will present an evening with Alan Michael Parker, to celebrate the publication of Christmas in July. New Yorkers, near-New Yorkers, and people who happen to be in …

A playlist for Christmas in July

January 21, 2018

Here’s a Book Notes project: AMP has prepared a playlist for Christmas in July, courtesy of the fabulous Largehearted Boy. Song the characters love, songs the writer wrote to, songs that fit the scene… starring Otis Redding, Kill v. Maim, Judy Garland, Dark …

They asked, so I answered…

December 2, 2017

Here’s a new interview with Alan Michael Parker and the editors of Superstition Review–with sympathies, especially, for those of you who get the kit shicked out of your poems in a workshop.

Called to Action

October 30, 2017

In this article on the Davidson College website, the new book by coeditors Alan Michael Parker and Rebecca Hazelton, The Manifesto Project, is loved up. Thanks to John Syme and the Davidson Communications folks for the coverage.

Poems to come!

August 10, 2017

Look for new Alan Michael Parker poems in American Poetry Review and Barrow Street, among other journals.

“Best Book of 2016”

July 1, 2017

The Ladder has been awarded the Brockman-Campbell Book Award for the best book of 2016 in the state of North Carolina by the NC Poetry Society. Illustrious previous winners include A.R. Ammons, Fred Chappell, and Kathryn Stripling Byer. It’s an honor!

On ZERO K, writes AMP

March 24, 2017

Here’s AMP’s latest review of Don Delillo’s latest novel, Zero K, with all sorts of humbled bowing to the greatness of the greatest, and gratitude for a life that lets a person read such books (and talk about them in public. And …

Piccolo Spoleto is going to rock!

March 3, 2017

Tuesday, May 30… you’ll need to be in Charleston, S.C., with the cool kids. That’s where AMP will be, in the beautiful outdoor courtyard of the historic Dock Street Theatre on Church Street, at 6:30 p.m. on the opening night of …


March 3, 2017

Here’s a link to a story on AMP’s reading at UCONN. With thanks to Bruce Cohen–and Ben Grossberg at the U of Hartford too–for hosting.

AMP with a Top Ten Post of 2016

January 2, 2017

The Best American Poetry blog had named Alan Michael Parker’s “Bad Workshops” one of its top-10 blog posts of 2016, as determined by readers. Check out the cheeky little article here.

Georgetown U, here I come

January 2, 2017

Heading out to Georgetown University on February 1? So am I! Let’s meet at 3:30 in the McGhee Library of the ICC Building at 3:30 for a poetry reading. I’ll read–you can just sit right back and enjoy the words and their …