Zach Parker (he/him), in addition to his role as a Graduate Assistant, is a current PhD student in KU’s English department (and, as a certificate student in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department) where he studies contemporary American queer literature, trauma, politics of pleasure and futurity in the hopes of finding useful literary avenues to improve queer livability and legibility, especially on college campuses. His work bridges rhetorical studies, creative writing, literary analysis, and critical theory while engaging in both digital and archival research methods.
Before coming to Lawrence for his PhD, he received a MA in English Literature (2018) and a BFA in Creative Writing (2016) from Wichita State University where he also designed and taught courses including “LGBTQIA+ Literature & Narratives” and “Storytelling and Video Games”. After high school, he followed a non-academic path and pursued a career in tourism, during which time he worked at Walt Disney World as a performer and Universal Studios as a Hogwarts student before finally returning back to college.
When he’s not in his office or the Spencer Research Library, you can usually find him with friends and a cup of coffee (preferably pumpkin-flavored) at one of the local restaurants on Mass St.
MA, English Literature, Wichita State University (2018)
BFA, Creative Writing, Wichita State University (2016)