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Parker’s Second Collection Published

This past fall Karl Parker, assistant professor of English, published his first book-length collection of poetry, Personationskin, a collection of deeply-witty and wholly-original poems published by No Tell Books, following his 2006 chapbook, Harmstorm (Lame House Press). 

Award-winning writer Fanny Howe calls Parker’s book “hilarity in the vault! A man without a face and an ever-shifting position on things: sheer terror and comedy follow ‘where everywhere, divides.'”

Gabriel Gudding, a famous contemporary poet, raves over Parker’s Personationskin as well.  Gudding states that “to read Karl Parker’s poems is to revel in the tremendous reach of a mind that, more than any other I’ve read can render me awed at the realization that we, each of us, has a person inside our skins with us. Parker enacts this phenomenological remembering with such a wit and lyricism, and such a grief, that I believe him likely one of the smartest, saddest, funniest writers alive. He is without doubt one of my favorite writers. I have been following his work for years. And so will people for years to come.”

Parker has taught literature and creative writing at the Colleges since 2005.  He specializes in the carnivalesque and American poetry.  A recipient of the 2004 National Arts Club Award for Poetry, Parker earned his M.F.A. from the New School, his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.A. from Cornell University.  Parker is associate editor of the Seneca Review and has had work appear in various journals all over the world, such as Fence, Spoon River, Gedankenstrich (Berlin), No Tell Motel, MiPoesias, and The Tiny Journal.