Alan Michael Parker, professor of English and Davidson’s director of creative writing, was awarded the 2012 North Carolina Book Award, also known as the Roanoke-Chowan Award, for the best collection of poetry for his most recent work, “Long Division.”

The book is Parker’s seventh collection of poems and was selected from what judges called “a strong and competitive list” of 14 nominees.

Long Division includes 41 poems about many topics including love, math, and the mundane.

“I’m interested in exploring the relationships between math and language,” shares Parker. “That relationship provides entry into the conceptual problems the poems pose.”

Parker is the 60th poet to receive the Roanoke-Chowan Award since it was established in 1953.