Ampydoo is the cartoonist Alan Michael Parker, who in another life is a poet and novelist, and generally ebullient culture vulture. He gabs, he harrumphs, he pshaws, he listens, and he makes Ampydoo Cartoons.

AMP has written four novels, nine books of poetry, and coedited five other volumes. His various awards and honors include the North Carolina Book Award for poetry, multiple selections in the Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize anthologies, the Fineline Prize, the Lunate500 Prize, the Randall Jarrell Award (twice), and the Lucille Medwick Award from the Poetry Society of America. In 2021, he judged the National Book Award in fiction; he’s currently judging the PEN/Faulkner Award in fiction, an award originally endowed by William Faulkner with his Nobel Prize honorarium.

Alan Michael Parker teaches at Davidson College, where he holds the Houchens Chair in English and is Director of Creative Writing.

Ampydoo Cartoons may be found online in Identity Theory, and in various juried shows, including Funny Bone at the Intersect Gallery, and Comics Crossing at the Bankhead. Other works by Ampydoo have recently appeared or are forthcoming in, Action/Spectacle, Orange Blossom Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

Says Ampydoo, he says to you: “prints are available, and stickers and T-shirts are OTW. DM me.”

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