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Alan Michael Parker's Biography

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Feb 2008

Alan Michael Parker is the author of two novels, including the just-published Whale Man, as well as five collections of poems, Days Like Prose, The Vandals, Love Song with Motor Vehicles, A Peal of Sonnets, and Elephants & Butterflies. His next full-length collection of poems, Holier Than This, will be published by Tupelo Press in 2012.

He is also Editor of The Imaginary Poets, Co-editor of The Routledge Anthology of Cross-Gendered Verse, and Editor for North America of Who's Who in 20th Century World Poetry. 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; his prose appears regularly in journals including The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker and The San Francisco Chronicle. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Fineline Prize from The Mid-American Review, a Pushcart Prize and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Alan Michael Parker teaches at Davidson College, where he is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing, and at Queens University, where he is a Core Faculty member in the low-residency M.F.A. program.

Alan Michael Parker lives in Davidson, NC, with his wife, the painter Felicia van Bork, and their son, Eli.

Upcoming Works

WHALE MAN is a rocking literary novel featuring Avi Heyer, a student chef who has come to stay in his deceased, estranged mother's house. Mom was a bank robber; money is available, should Avi meet the unusual terms of the will. As a result, and also as an act of mourning, he builds a sixty-four foot long and sixteen foot high wooden whale on her lawn. With F.B.I. agents, a hippie-criminal love interest, twin henchwomen baddies, and a disturbingly erudite villain, the cast of characters presents a series of challenges to Avi's ambitions. Whale Man satirizes cults, broadcast media, the penal system, and feel-good politics; and still, it's ultimately a moving story about a guy who loses his mom.

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BOA Editions, Ltd.
Tupelo Press
University Press of Mississippi
Routledge Books
Gendun Editions
Alef Books