Peter E. Murphy

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Ventnor City, NJ 08406-2136
(609) 823-5076

Author's Bio

Peter 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 eleven books and chapbooks of poetry and prose including two books of writing prompts, Challenges for the Delusional and More Challenges for the Delusional. More than a dozen excerpts of his memoir-in-progress, Next, have been published as standalone pieces in literary magazines including “Looking for Thelma,” winner of the 2018 Wilt Nonfiction Chapbook Prize. The founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University, Peter has received dozens of awards and fellowships and has led hundreds of workshops for writers and teachers.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

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Lindenwood Review
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The Man Who Never Was (Unsolicited Press, 2018)
Stubborn Child (Jane Street Press, 2005)
I Thought I Was Going To Be Okay (Diode Editions, 2016)
The Last Pub On Earth (Five Oaks Press, 2016)
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Many Mountains Moving
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He has received fellowships for writing and teaching from The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.

More Information

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Identifies as: 
Welsh American
Born in: 
Newport, Wales,
United Kingdom
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New York City, NY
New York
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Last update: Mar 17, 2021