Erin Murphy

Class of 1990
Major/Minor: English / Philosophy

Erin Murphy is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Ancilla and Assisted Living. She is also the editor of three anthologies of poetry and creative nonfiction, including Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers—winner of the Gold Medal in the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award—and a collection of narrative medicine essays forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.


Her individual poems and essays have appeared in The Georgia ReviewFieldBrevityThe Normal SchoolWomen’s Studies QuarterlysubtropicsNorth American ReviewSouthern Indiana Review180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day edited by Billy Collins (Random House), The Art of Losing edited by Kevin Young (Bloomsbury), and elsewhere. Her awards include the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, the Foley Poetry Award, the National Writers’ Union Poetry Award judged by Donald Hall, and The Normal School Poetry Prize judged by Nick Flynn. She is Professor of English and creative writing at the Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College, where she has received the Athleen J. Stere Teaching Award, the Grace D. Long Faculty Excellence Award, and the university-wide Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.