Erin Murphy (poet)

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Erin Murphy is an American poet who is credited with inventing the demi-sonnet.



  • Dislocation and Other Theories (Word Press, 2008)
  • Science of Desire (Word Press, 2004), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize.
  • Too Much of this World (Mammoth Books, 2008), winner of the Anthony Piccione Poetry Prize.
  • Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets (State University of New York Press, 2010)
  • Word Problems (Word Press, 2011)
  • Distant Glitter (Word Poetry, 2013)
  • Ancilla (Lamar University Press, 2014)

Other publications[edit]

Murphy's poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as The Georgia Review, The Southern Humanities Review, Women's Studies Quarterly, Field, Nimrod, Subtropics, The Paterson Literary Review, Literal Latte, Mississippi Review, Green Mountains Review, Kalliope and 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, edited by Billy Collins (Random House, 2005).

Other awards[edit]

Murphy's other awards include the National Writers Union Poetry Award (judged by Donald Hall), the Normal School Poetry Prize judged by Nick Flynn, a $5,000 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Award, numerous Pushcart Prize nominations, the Foley Poetry Award, University of Massachusetts M.F.A. Poetry Fellowship, a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, and an Individual Creative Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.[1]

Murphy was inducted into the Blair County Arts Hall of Fame on October 8, 2015.[2]



She is Professor of English and Creative Writing faculty at The Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College.



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