Pamela Johnson Parker

Adjunct Faculty

"Being a poet is one of the unhealtheir jobs—no regular hours, so many temptations!" – Elizabeth Bishop

"Sit there until you get there." – Pamela Johnson Parker

Pamela Johnson Parker, photos courtesy of Jon Erickson, Vanderbilt University

Photos courtesy of Jon Erickson, Vanderbilt University


M.F.A., Creative Writing

Murray State University

M.A., English

Murray State University

B.A., History

Murray State University


A Walk Through The Memory Palace. Phoenicia Publishing, 2009.

Other Four-Letter Words. Finishing Line Press, 2010.

Highlighted Publications

Best New Poets 2011, as judged by D.A. Powell

Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed. Upstart: A Journal of Renaissance Studies. Clemson University: 11 Aug 2014.

Poetry: Anti-, Oranges and Sardines, Poets and Artists, Ocho, Iron Horse Literary Review, Alligator Juniper, Centrifugal EyeFried Chicken and Coffee

Broadsides: Blue Fifth Review, Broadsided

Creative Nonfiction: Muscadine Lines: A Journal of the South

Anthologies: The River Anthology, Poets on Painting

Areas of Specialization

Contemporary American Poetry

Creative Writing

Ekphrasis and Literary Pictorialism

Forms of Fiction

Courses Taught

Composition and Research

Forms of Fiction


Introduction to Creative Writing

Introduction to Poetry

Special Topics: Late Twentieth-Century Poetry

Awards and Distinctions

Finalist, Sarabande Prize, 2013

Alligator Juniper Poetry Prize Selection, 2013 and 2014

Runner-up, the Linda Bruckheimer Award, Sarabande, 2010

Winner of the Qarrtsiluni Chapbook Contest for A Walk Through The Memory Palace, 2009.

Tennessee Williams Scholar, Sewanee Writer's Conference

Pushcart Nominations: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011

Best of the Net Nominations, 2009


Pamela Johnson Parker

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341