Alan Michael Parker is a cartoonist, novelist, and poet; he has written or edited eighteen books, including four novels and nine collections of poems. Awards for his writing include three Pushcart Prizes, two selections in Best American Poetry, the North Carolina Book Award, and the Medwick Award from the Poetry Society of America. His essays, stories, and poems have appeared in The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker (where he reviewed books for nine years), The New Republic, The Paris Review, and Salon; in 2021, he judged the National Book Award in fiction. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, he contributes a cartoon each Friday to Identity Theory. His next book will be a collection of flash fiction and Bingo cards, Bingo Bango Boingo (Dzanc Books, 2024).