Whale Man

Alan Michael Parker

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Subject Category: Fiction
Length: 288 pages
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Binding: paper
Published: February 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60226-007-8


Alan Michael Parker is Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College. As an undergraduate student, he was invited to join the graduate poetry workshop at Washington University, where he studied with Donald Finkel, Howard Nemerov, and Mona Van Duyn. He received his M.F.A. from the School of the Arts at Columbia University, where he studied with Carolyn Forché Richard Howard, Denis Johnson, Stanley Kunitz, William Matthews, and Nobel Laureate Josephy Brodsky (with shorter stints with Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney, Czeslaw Milosz, and Derek Walcott). He joined the faculty at Davidson College in 1998, was promoted to full professor in 2007, and was promoted to the endowed professorship in 2012. He also teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. program at the University of Tampa, where he works with graduate student writers in both poetry and fiction.

He is the author of four novels, Cry Uncle (2005); Whale Man (2011), shortlisted for the 2011 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award in Literary Fiction; The Committee on Town Happiness (2014); and Christmas in July (2018). And he is the author of eight collections of poems, Days Like Prose (1997); The Vandals (1999); Love Song with Motor Vehicles (2003); A Peal of Sonnets (2006); Elephants & Butterflies (2008); Ten Days (2012), a collaboration with painter Herb Jackson that is housed in the Davidson College art collection; Long Division (2012), winner of the 2012 North Carolina Book Award; and The Ladder (2016), winner of the Brockman-Campbell Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society. Additionally, he served as editor of Imaginary Poets (2005) and co-editor, with Rebecca Hazelton, of The Manifesto Project (2017)

His poems have been published in journals and magazines such as The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Pleiades, and The Yale Review. And his prose has appeared in The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, and several other publications. The Best American Poetry annual has included his poems in two volumes, and 2013 Best American Essays has included his essay "Beach House As Nostalgia Museum." In addition, he has won three Pushcart Prizes, the Fineline Prize from Mid-American Review, the 2013 and 2014 Randall Jarrell Awards, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.

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Books by Alan Michael Parker


Days Like Prose (First Edition, Alef Books, 1997)
The Vandals (BOA Editions, 1999)
Love Song with Motor Vehicles (BOA Editions, 2003)
A Peal of Sonnets (limited letterpress edition; Gendun Editions, 2006)
Elephants & Butterflies (BOA Editions, 2008)
Ten Days (poetry and art collaboration at Davidson College, 2010)
Long Division (Tupelo Press, 2012)
The Ladder (Tupelo Press, 2016)
Days Like Prose (Second Edition, forthcoming from WordFarm, 2019)


Cry Uncle (University Press of Mississippi, 2005)
The Committee on Town Happiness (Dzanc Books, 2014)
Christmas in July (Dzanc Books, 2018)

Edited Collections of Poetry

The Routledge Anthology of Cross-Gendered Verse (co-edited with Mark Willhardt, Routledge, 1996)
Who's Who in Twentieth-Century World Poetry (editor for North America; co-edited with Mark Willhardt, Routledge, 2001)
Imaginary Poets (Tupelo Press, 2005)
The Manifesto Project (co-edited with Rebecca Hazelton, University of Akron Press, 2017)