Ampydoo is the cartoonist Alan Michael Parker, who in another life is a poet and novelist, and generally ebullient literary raconteur. He teaches, he harrumphs, he pshaws, 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 teaches at Davidson College, where he holds the Houchens Chair in English.

Ampydoo Cartoons may be found online in Identity Theory, where a new cartoon’s posted weekly, and on exhibit at the Anne Hunter Gallery. Other works by Ampydoo have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Alternating Current’s And If That Mockingbird Don’t Sing: Parenting Stories Gone Speculative, Fiction Kitchen Berlin, Heavy Feather Review, River Styx, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

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