Alan Michael Parker is a novelist, poet, essayist, and raconteur. He has written and lectured widely — including at the Sorbonne and on the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin — on subjects ranging from the history of beach house art to casinos that sell Matisse paintings. The author or editor of fifteen books, including The Committee on Town Happiness and Long Division, he has received numerous awards: among which include three Pushcart Prizes, inclusion in Best American Poetry, the North Carolina Book Award, the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, the Fineline Award, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is the Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, and he also teaches in the University of Tampa low-residency M.F.A. program.