Monday, July 16, 2007

What is Alan Michael Parker reading?

The latest contributor to Writers Read: Alan Michael Parker, author of five collections of poems, Days Like Prose, The Vandals, Love Song with Motor Vehicles, A Peal of Sonnets, and the forthcoming Elephants & Butterflies, as well as a novel, Cry Uncle.

Among the books he mentions:
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union. The novel’s as energetic as the characters are dissipated, which seems to me technically risky. Plus the novel’s an astonishing work of speculative fiction, so when it succeeds, my assumptions about history are called into question. [read on]
Alan Michael Parker 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, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Pleiades, and The Yale Review, among other magazines; his prose appears regularly in journals including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Arts and Science Council, the Eastern Frontier Society, the MacDowell Colony, and the Seaside Institute, 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.

Visit Alan Michael Parker's website to learn more about his writing.

Writers Read: Alan Michael Parker

--Marshal Zeringue