1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, United States
Morgan Parker in Hugo House on March 8, 2017.
Morgan Parker at the 2017 Texas Book Festival.
1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, United States
Morgan Parker with Rebecca Schiff in Hugo House on March 8, 2017.
Morgan Parker with Tommy Pico at Wordstock 2017.
450 W 15th St # 800, New York, NY 10011, United States
Morgan Parker with Ally Sheedy and Sharon Olds at Vulture Festival in Milk Studios on May 19, 2018.
116th St & Broadway, New York, NY 10027, United States
Columbia University where Morgan Parker received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
New York University, New York, NY 10003, United States
New York University where Morgan Parker received a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Morgan Parker with Bridgett Davis.
Morgan Parker with David Yoon, Tim Tingle, Eric Velasquez, Julie Murphy, and Deborah Heiligman. Photo by Chris Vaccari.
468 Washington St #2, Buffalo, NY 14203, United States
Morgan Parker at Just Buffalo Literary Center.
Morgan Parker at MashReads.
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States
Morgan Parker reads at Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Morgan Parker with Tommy Pico.
Morgan Parker at UNLV Scarlet & Gray Free Press.
Morgan Parker with Rujeko Hockley.
Morgan Parker in high school.
Morgan Parker with her husband.
Morgan Parker with her dog.
(Morgan Parker’s collection is hyper-contemporary, drawing...)
Morgan Parker’s collection is hyper-contemporary, drawing on what it means to be alive today when our phones autocorrect our texts and we’ve given into a kind of living that prioritizes work, money, and power over justice, equality, and happiness.
(The only thing more beautiful than Beyoncé is God, and Go...)
The only thing more beautiful than Beyoncé is God, and God is a black woman sipping rosé and drawing a lavender bath, texting her mom, belly-laughing in the therapist’s office, feeling unloved, being on display, daring to survive. Morgan Parker stands at the intersections of vulnerability and performance, of desire and disgust, of tragedy and excellence. Unrelentingly feminist, tender, ruthless, and sequined, these poems are an altar to the complexities of black American womanhood in an age of non-indictments and deja vu, and a time of wars over bodies and power. These poems celebrate and mourn. They are a chorus chanting: You’re gonna give us the love we need.
(Magical Negro is an archive of black everydayness, a cata...)
Magical Negro is an archive of black everydayness, a catalog of contemporary folk heroes, an ethnography of ancestral grief, and an inventory of figureheads, idioms, and customs. These American poems are both elegy and jive, joke and declaration, songs of congregation and self-conception. They connect themes of loneliness, displacement, grief, ancestral trauma, and objectification while exploring and troubling tropes and stereotypes of Black Americans. Focused primarily on depictions of black womanhood alongside personal narratives, the collection tackles interior and exterior politics - of both the body and society, of both the individual and the collective experience. In Magical Negro, Parker creates a space of witness, of airing grievances, of pointing out patterns. In these poems are living documents, pleas, latent traumas, inside jokes, and unspoken anxieties situated as firmly in the past as in the present - timeless black melancholy and triumphs.
(Trapped in sunny, stifling, small-town suburbia, seventee...)
Trapped in sunny, stifling, small-town suburbia, seventeen-year-old Morgan knows why she's in therapy. She can't count the number of times she's been the only non-white person at the sleepover, been teased for her "weird" outfits, and been told she's not "really" black. Also, she's spent most of her summer crying in bed. So there's that, too. Lately, it feels like the whole world is listening to the same terrible track on repeat - and it's telling them how to feel, who to vote for, what to believe. Morgan wonders, when can she turn this song off and begin living for herself? Loosely based on her own teenage life and diaries, this incredible debut by award-winning poet Morgan Parker will make readers stand up and cheer for a girl brave enough to live life on her own terms - and for themselves.
At the age of three, Morgan began attending a Christian school. She then attended a school in New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and creative writing from Columbia University and her Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from New York University.
Morgan Parker is a poet, essayist, and novelist. Her poetry and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Tin House, The Paris Review, and others. She is currently an editor at Little A and Day One. She is creator and host of the live talk show Reparations, Live! at the Ace Hotel. She co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico. With Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. Parker has taught creative writing at Columbia University as well. In December 2015, she was Poetry Foundation's featured blogger.
Parker is the author of the poetry collections Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (2015), There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (2017), and most recent Magical Negro (2019). Magical Negro covers the insides, outsides, and in-betweens of Blackness, sparking conversation about very specific and personal experiences that illuminate the intersections of Blackness and femininity. Parker captures the braided thoughts of Black identity that are deeply entrenched in American culture, yet somehow considered others. Along the way, she weaves in history, Bible references, and internal Black dialogue, with wordy titles like, “Two White Girls in the African Braid Shop on Marcy and Fulton” and “We Are the House That Holds the Table at Which Yes We Will Happily Take a Goddamn Seat.”
Her debut young adult novel Who Put This Song On? was published in September 2019. This novel is about a black teenage girl searching for her identity when the world around her views her depression as a lack of faith and blackness as something to be politely ignored. It is based on her own teenage life and diaries. Her debut book of nonfiction will be released in 2020.
(Morgan Parker’s collection is hyper-contemporary, drawing...)2015
(The only thing more beautiful than Beyoncé is God, and Go...)2017
(Magical Negro is an archive of black everydayness, a cata...)2019
(Trapped in sunny, stifling, small-town suburbia, seventee...)2019
Morgan Parker thinks that titles are very important, and she has so much fun with titles. She thinks they should be fun. It’s important for her as she’s writing, and for readers, that the title not to be simple.
The number one thing for her in writing is to entertain, challenge, scare, and push herself.
"I feel more freedom in poetry than I do in any other genre. I think that’s because poems can traverse time and space in such a seamless way. You can kind of jump from one room to another, one era to another, one voice to another."
"You are beautiful because you’re funny. You are alive because you’re a question."
"I am a dreamer with empty hands and I like the chill."
"We Don’t Know When We Were Opened (Or, The Origin of the Universe)."
Morgan Parker is married.