E. Murphy was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated
heavy equipment, managed a nightclub and drove a cab. He is the author of
books and chapbooks including Stubborn Child, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize.
His essays and poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal,
The Common, Diode, Green Mountains Review, Guernica,
Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Literary Review, The New Welsh
Reader, Rattle and elsewhere.
poetry writing assignments have been collected in two editions: Challenges for the
Delusional and More Challenges for the Delusional.
He is a consultant to organizations including Arts
Horizons, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the Philadelphia Arts
in Education Partnership and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and has been
an educational advisor to Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers and
other PBS poetry programs.
Peter has received awards and fellowships from The Millay Colony for the
Arts, The Atlantic
Center for the Arts, Yaddo, The Folger Shakespeare Library, the
White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the New Jersey Council
on the Arts. Retired from Atlantic City High School, he continues to teach
creative writing at Stockton University. He is also the
of Murphy Writing of Stockton University which offers the
Winter Poetry & Prose
Inservice Solutions Professional Development
and other programs for
poets, writers and teachers.
Peter's Writing Getaways are known for helping writers develop
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"Peter Murphy is an inspirational force of nature! He is wonderful at
fostering a warm, inviting environment in which writing comes easily. The
writing community is blessed to have his leadership and presence."
~ Shore Thing Writing Getaway Participant
Peter is the author six books of poems and his unique poetry writing assignments have been collected in
Challenges for the Delusional and
More Challenges for the Delusional, released January 2018 by Diode
Jane Street Press, 2012
This anthology compiles a selection of
Peter Murphy's infamous
and eccentric poetry-writing prompts. For years he's shared these
prompts at the annual
Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway conference in New Jersey. This collection
features a sampling of the many diverse and wonderful poems that
From the Foreword by Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize Winner
"Peter's approach to teaching poetry writing is unique and
uniquely effective…. [his] quirky prompts have given way to poems
that range from humorous to serious, from affectionate to nostalgic.
They'll take their place among the workshops, panels, good meals,
and late night dancing—the pleasures that abound at the Getaway."
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Jane Street Press, 2005
Finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize
"Peter Murphy's poems are haunting and funny by turns--and sometimes both
at once. They demonstrate a mastery of condensation, pacing, and
specificity. Stubborn Child tells the vivid story of a child shuttled from
one household to another, enduring self destructive behavior, and finding
his way out of dead end jobs to a complicated life in which he is a
thoughtful teacher, loving husband and father. In the vivid stories of what
saves him, we get clues to what might save us as well--truth telling,
respect, generosity and humor."
~ Excerpted from an
Additional reviews of Stubborn Child
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and selected press.