Rich Murphy

Author's Bio

My fifth book-length collection of poems Asylum Seeker was published in 2018 by Poetry Press at Press Americana. The book will be the third in a trilogy: Americana that won the 2013 Press Americana Prize; Body Politic that was published by Prolific Press in January 2017; and now “Asylum Seeker.” Press Americana is the publishing arm of The Institute for American Studies and Creative Writing. My poetry has won two national book awards: Gival Press Poetry Prize 2008 for Voyeur and in 2013. The Apple in the Monkey Tree was published by Codhill Press in 2007. Chapbooks include Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox), and Great Grandfather (Pudding House Publications). I am pleased to announce that in December 2016 my book-length manuscript “Minds of Europe: A Genealogy to the Fat Man” was a shortlisted finalist in the Beverly Prize in the UK, and my manuscript “Storage Shed” was chosen as a finalist in the 2016 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Contest. Recent poetry may be found in The Transnational – A Literary Magazine; Coldnoon: International Journal of Travel Writing & Travelling Cultures; BlazeVox; Futures Trading; Pennsylvania Review; Revue Post; Former People; Fjord Review; E.ratio; Literati Quarterly; Pembroke; Otoliths; Two Thirds North; Euphony; West Texas Literary Review; James Dickey Review; Red Savina Review; Big Bridge; Blast Furnace; Review Americana; Lalitamba; Blue Fifth Review; Harbinger Asylum; Sein und Werden; and Stark: Worldwide Wisehouse. Recent prose scholarship on poetry and poetics has been published in Zeteo Journal; Imaginary Syllabus, Anthology chapters, Palm Press; Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning; The International Journal of the Humanities; International Journal of Critical Pedagogy; Reconfigurations: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics; The Journal of Ecocriticism; and New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing.

Publications and Prizes

(The Poetry Press of Press Americana, 2015)
, The Apple in the Monkey Tree
(Codhill Press, 2008)
, Voyeur
(Gival Press, 2009)
, Voyeur
(Gival Press, 2009)
Imaginary Syllabi
(Palm Press, 2011)
Big Bridge, Bijou Poetry Review, Black Magnolias, Chiron Review, Confrontation, Counterexample Poetics, Dark Sky Magazine, EOAGH, Eratio Poetry Journal, Euphony, Exercise Bowler, Fjords Review, Folly Magazine, Frigg Magazine, Gloom Cupboard, Grand Street, The London Magazine, Mastodon Dentist, Negative Capability, Negative Suck, New Letters, NOÖ Journal , Otoliths, Pank, Pemmican Press, Pennsylvania Review, Poetica Magazine, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Quarterly, Rolling Stone, Segue, The Straddler, The View from Here, Trespass magazine, Verdad, War, Literature & the Arts, War, Literature and the Arts, West 47
Family Secret
(Finishing Line Press, 2008)
, Great Grandfather
(Pudding House Publications, 2007)
, Hunting and Pecking
(Ahadada Books, 2008)
, Paideia
(Aldrich Press, 2013)
, Phoems for Mobile Vices
(BlazeVOX Books, 2009)
Prizes Won: 
“Americana” his book-length manuscript of poems was recently selected as the winner in the Prize Americana 2013 by The Institute for American Studies and Popular Culture. 2008 Gival Press Poetry Award (Gival Press) for Voyeur. His Gival Press Poetry Award winning book Voyeur was nominated for the National Book Award, was a winner in the 2009 Los Angeles Book Festival, received honorable mentions at the London and at the 2009 New England Book Festivals, and was an Award-Winning Finalist in the Poetry category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Bubbles 1 by Peter Sloterdijk
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
You Must Change Your Life by Peter Sloterdijk
Collected Poems of Czesław Miłosz by Czesław Miłosz

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Asylum Seeker Published by Press Americana 2018. Body Politic published by Prolific Press in January 2017.
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Last updated: Mar 05, 2018