A Walk Through the Memory Palace Pamela Johnson Parker Winner of the 2009 qarrtsiluni chapbook contest
"The language is textured, clear, and sometimes disquieting, the images both sensory and sensual, and each line crafted with painstaking care. Whether writing about rich gardens, sagging breasts, or the ink of a tattoo, this poet sees through the obvious to something radiant on the other side, painting a startling portrait of an intimate world. Not a wasted word here: the nouns are like gemstones. -Dinty Moore
Pamela Johnson Parker is a medical editor and adjunct professor in creative writing and poetry. Her poems, flash fiction, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in qarrtsiluni, The Binnacle, The Other Journal, New Madrid, Pebble Lake Review, Holly Rose Review, 6 Sentences, Mipoesis, Muscadine Lines, A Journal of the South, and Anti-. She was also the featured poet in the April 2009 Broadsided series of poetry and art. In 2010, she was named a Tennessee Williams Scholar by the Sewanee Writers' Conference. A graduate of the MFA program at Murray State University, Parker lives in western Kentucky.