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Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy
Visiting Lecturer
Tower 519

When writing essays for peer-reviewed journals, Rich's interests include a global concern for the humanities. His critical essays have appeared in The International Journal of the Humanities; Journal of Ecocriticism; Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics Poetry / Literature and Culture; New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing; and others.

MFA - Creative Writing, Boston University
Professional Experience: 
  • 35 years of teaching writing and literature

Publications and Presentations


  • 2022 – Meme Measure, a book-length collection of poems by Wipf and Stock
  • 2021 - Space Craft, a book-length collection of poems by Wipf and Stock
  • 2021 - The Left Behind, Press Americana Poetry Prize Winner, a book-length collection of poems by Press Americana
  • 2020 - Prophetic Voice Now, a collection of essays on modern and postmodern poetry and poetics, published by Common Ground Research Network
  • 2020 - Practitioner Joy, a book-length collection of poems to be published by Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • 2018 - Asylum Seeker a book-length collection of poems, the third part of a trilogy, will be published by Press Americana, a publisher dedicated to education and believes in the power of American Studies scholarship and creative writing to enact positive social change
  • 2017 - Body Politic (Prolific Press)
  • 2013 - Americana (Press Americana, Americana Prize)
  • 2009 - Voyeur (Gival Press Poetry Prize)
  • 2007 - The Apple in the Monkey Tree (Codhill Press)


  • Paideia (Aldrich Press)
  • Family Secret (Finishing Line Press)
  • Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books)
  • Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox)
  • Rescue Lines (Right Hand Pointing)
  • Great Grandfather (Pudding House Publications


  • 2022 - Essay – “Carl Jung and Education:” English Language Teaching and Linguistics Studies 2022 vol 4, no 2


  • 2021 - Keynote Speaker, International webinar. Mahatma Gandhi Gov. Arts College, Mahe, Puducherry, India: “Erich Fromm: Escape from Freedom and Art.”
  • 2019 - Virtual Poster for New Directions in the Humanities Conference, Granada, Spain
  • 2017 - "Reading vs Performing Poetry: Literature and Capitalism" at the New Directions in the Humanities Conference at Imperial College, London
  • 2016 - "Vexed to Nightmare by a Rocking Cradle:’ Ginsberg’s Performativity," 4th Annual Meeting of the European Beat Studies Network, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2016 - "The Hopkins Path to Postmodern Poetry," at the Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival at Newbridge, Ireland

Awards and Honors

  • 2019 - "Practitioner Joy" semi-finalist in the 2019 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition
  • 2016 - "Minds of Europe: A Genealogy to the Fat Man," was a short-listed finalist in the Beverly Prize in the UK
  • 2016 - "Storage Shed" was a finalist in the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Contest
  • 2013 - Americana, winner in the Prize Americana by The Institute for American Studies and Creative Writing
  • 2008 - Voyeur, Gival Press Poetry Award winner

Professional Affiliations and Organizations

  • Associate at the Institute for Writing and Thinking (IWT) at Bard College. The Institute is a fellowship of professors whose professional focus is pedagogy