Michael Parker taught fiction at the Workshop from 1988-92 and was a Visiting Writer in 2006.
I live in Greensboro NC and Austin TX—Greensboro because I teach in the MFA program at UNC Greensboro, Austin because I love Austin.
I teach undergraduates and graduates in the Creative Writing program at UNCG. I love everything about the classroom, even grading literature papers, and I love the mix and great talent of our graduate students in the MFA program, who come to us from all over the country.
I confess I have to read a lot of stuff for classes—rereading, mostly, which I love, as you can never read As I Lay Dying too many times—and novels to blurb. But right now I am reading Allen Weir’s Tehano, which is stupendous, a word I have never used before.
I just finished a novel which is set in West Texas and am at present waiting anxiously for some other idea to stick around longer than a couple of days. As for the latter part of the question, I’d best leave that up to someone with more objectivity than me.
None of them, because I am by inclination a past-dweller in my work and am the polar opposite about my work. After I have given up on it enough for it to be published, I don’t think about it unless someone asks me, and then I usually can’t answer with any authority or credulity.
Find the Music of What Happened and you’ll convince the reader you know what happened.