Writer, Teacher, Traveler.

Patricia Colleen Murphy

Patricia Colleen Murphy founded Superstition Review at Arizona State University, where she teaches creative writing and magazine production. Her book Hemming Flames (Utah State University Press, 2016) won the May Swenson Poetry Award judged by Stephen Dunn, and in 2017 it won the Milt Kessler Poetry Award. A chapter from her memoir in progress was published as a chapbook by New Orleans Review. Her writing has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, American Poetry Review, and most recently in Black Warrior Review, North American Review, Smartish Pace, Burnside Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, Hobart, decomP, Midway Journal, Armchair/Shotgun, and Natural Bridge. She lives in Phoenix, AZ.


Bully Love

Patricia Colleen Murphy’s second poetry collection, Bully Love, follows the poet from Ohio to Arizona, from cows and cornfields to the Sonoran Desert, from youth to middle age, from daughter to orphan, from child to childfree, from loneliness to love. 

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Hemming Flames

Throughout her second poetry collection, Patricia Colleen Murphy shows how familial mental illness, addiction, and grief can render even the most courageous person helpless. 

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Beloved Father Person

Patricia Colleen Murphy’s memoir chapbook, Beloved Father Person, describes in heart-rending detail the decisions we make about the people we love most.   

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Murphy’s first collection of poems Hemming Flames won the 2016 May Swenson Poetry Award judged by Stephen Dunn, and the 2017 Milt Kessler Poetry Award. Her second collection Bully Love won the 2019 Press 53 Award for Poetry. A chapter from her memoir in progress was published by New Orleans Review.


Patricia Murphy is a Principal Lecturer at Arizona State University where she teaches magazine production and creative writing. In 2008 she founded the literary magazine Superstition Review, which became her full-time teaching position at the University in 2012.


Murphy has traveled to about 50 countries including Croatia, Hungary, China, Thailand, Korea, Venezuela, and Argentina. She especially enjoys traveling to places where she can have an outdoor adventure. She has climbed Kilimanjaro, hiked the Inca Trail in Peru, run the Tour de Mont Blanc, and completed races in Portugal, Italy, Singapore, and Norway.


Murphy draws upon her 26 year career as a writing instructor and 12 years as a literary magazine editor to give detailed feedback on both poetry and prose. Contact her for more information.