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Thomas Wolfe Prize and Lecture

Michael Parker

2020 Thomas Wolfe Prize and Lecture

Public Reading:

Tuesday, October 6, 7:30 p.m.

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Praised for his haunting lyricism, complex characters rendered “brutally alive,” and vivid depictions of small-town North Carolina and Big Sky Country of the prairie states, Michael Parker is the author of seven highly acclaimed novels and three books of short stories. Born in Siler City, North Carolina, Parker graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1984 with Honors in Creative Writing. He continued his education at the University of Virginia, where he received his MFA in 1988. Parker, the Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc and Dr. Nancy N. Vacc Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at UNC-Greensboro, retired in 2019 after nearly 30 years of teaching. He now resides in Austin, Texas.. Fortunately for us, his fiction resides everywhere.