Michael Parker

Parker is the author of six novels, most recently All I Have in this World, and two collections of stories. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various journals including the Washington Post, New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, Runner’s World and Men's Journal. His work has been anthologized in the Pushcart, New Stories from the South and O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia, he is a Professor in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Under One Roof

A family reunion at the beach is a five-step process. To pull it off requires ample planning, a little patience, and, more often than not, a lot of air freshener.


An Ode to Fried Perfection

Handheld and made to last (and last and last), convenience-store fried pies hold a special place in the hearts of many.


I Could See for Miles

Vistas in North Carolina range from mountaintops to coastal plains, but the best views are sometimes hidden places that are all your own — spots you can escape to, grow in, and dream about forever.


Venus Flytrap for State Flower

It already holds the title of state carnivorous plant, and at least one person thinks the swamp-dwelling insect eater should hold the title of official flower, too.


“Fish was Fried”

Back before it was broiled, scalloped, or étouffée’d, there was only one way you got your seafood: golden brown, crispy, and piled high. And back before fresh fish found its way to grocery stores inland, there was only one way to get it: You had to go to the beach.