Erin Murphy

Pennsylvania, United States

Member Since: 05/02/2003

Erin Murphy's eighth book of poems is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. Her previous collections are Assisted Living (demi-sonnets), AncillaDistant GlitterWord Problems (demi-sonnets), Dislocation and Other TheoriesToo Much of This World, and Science of Desire. She is co-editor of three anthologies: Bodies of Truth: Personal Essays on Illness, Disability, and Medicine (University of Nebraska Press); Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets (SUNY Press); and Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers (SUNY Press). Her awards include The Normal School Poetry Prize judged by Nick Flynn, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, the Foley Poetry Award, the National Writers' Union Poetry Award judged by Donald Hall, and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Penn State Institute for Arts and Humanities. Her work has been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac, and her poems and creative nonfiction essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Georgia Review, Field, Brevity, Women’s Studies Quarterly, subtropics, North American Review, Southern Indiana Review, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, edited by Billy Collins (Random House), The Art of Losing, edited by Kevin Young (Bloomsbury), and the 2009 Best of the Net anthology, judged by Patricia Smith. Murphy earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she was an M.F.A. Fellow. She is Professor of English and creative writing at the Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College, where she has received the Athleen J. Stere Teaching Award, the Grace D. Long Faculty Excellence Award, and the university-wide Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. 




  • Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State Altoona


  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from University of Massachusetts Amherst

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry