Tracey K. Parker has had three lifetime pursuits: reading, writing, and listening to music. Those loves have come together often, including in her PhD dissertation: Pop Life: Images and Popular Culture in the World of Hanif Kureishi and Zadie Smith, wherein she explored popular culture theory, cultural studies, the Sex Pistols, David Bowie, and Prince. Never had research and writing been so much fun. She earned her PhD in English in 2008 and currently teaches writing and literature at the college level.

When she’s not teaching, she’s pretty much always listening to music, scouring stores for music, reading about music, and thinking that maybe she should have pursued that career in rock journalism after graduating from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. On the other hand, keeping music as a hobby probably makes it more fun.


Nope, I can’t sing, but I do it anyway.