Alan Michael Parker

amparker225Alan Michael Parker is the author of nine books of poetry and four novels, and editor of five scholarly works. Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, he has received numerous awards and fellowships, including two selections for Best American Poetry, three Pushcart Prizes, the Fineline Prize, the 2013, 2014, and 2019 Randall Jarrell Award, the Lucille Medwick Award, and the North Carolina Book Award. He has recently been called “a general beacon of brilliance” by Time Out, New York.


  • Three Pushcart Prizes
  • 2019 Randall Jarrell Prize for his poem, “Psalm”
  • 2018 Joanna Catherina Scott Award for his poem, “Virtual Villanelle”
  • 2017 Brockman-Campbell Award for The Ladder
  • 2014 & 2013 Randall Jarrell Awards
  • Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America
  • Fellowships to the Azores Walks Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities
  • 2007 Finalist for the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Creativity in Motion Prize
  • 2008 “Established Artist Grant” from the Arts & Sciences Council
  • The Monserrat Review’s “Best Books of Summer Reading, 2008” for Elephants & Butterflies (BOA, 2008)

Alan Michael Parker’s website

“Fables fascinate me: I love the ways in which the genre accommodates the peculiarities of my imaginative process. I so distrust reality that fables seem to me more real, in a way, than realism. They include how we picture the world, yes? And how we’d like our inner lives to be made manifest? (Not that you have to worry about me, in terms of reality, but I’m not its greatest champion.) Anyway, I’m always trying to let wild-er-ness into my writing; fables have helped me do so for years.” —Karl Zuehlke of The American Literary Review interviews Alan Michael Parker

“‘Word Guy’ Alan Michael Parker Must Work His Way Through Every Prize-Winning Poem”: a profile of Alan Michael Parker

“I expect a collection of poems to teach me how to read, just as I do a novel or a collection of short stories; perception seems always at risk, in good art, and I’m interested in the ways that sentences organize perception as opposed to lines. In that sense, then, I think that my expectations of the two genres differ.”  –An interview with Alan Michael Parker by Colin Winnette at Word Riot:

Reviews of Alan Michael Parker’s Long Division

Reviews of Alan Michael Parker’s The Imaginary Poets

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  • The Age of Discovery by Alan Michael Parker

    The Age of Discovery

    by Alan Michael Parker
  • The Ladder by Alan Michael Parker

    The Ladder

    by Alan Michael Parker
  • Imaginary Poets by Alan Michael Parker

    The Imaginary Poets

    by Alan Michael Parker (editor)
  • Long Division by Alan Michael Parker

    Long Division

    by Alan Michael Parker