Writer, Teacher, Traveler.

Patricia Colleen Murphy

Patricia Colleen Murphy founded Superstition Review at Arizona State University, where she teaches creative writing and magazine production. She won the 2019 Press 53 Award for Poetry with her collection Bully Love, published as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection.  Her collection Hemming Flames (Utah State University Press) won the 2016 May Swenson Poetry Award, judged by Stephen Dunn, and the 2017 Milt Kessler Poetry Award. A chapter from her memoir-in-progress was published as a chapbook by New Orleans Review. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.



Bully Love

Patricia Colleen Murphy’s second poetry collection 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 first 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 writing has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, and American Poetry Review, and has received awards from Gulf Coast and Bellevue Literary Review, among others. 


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 nearly 50 countries including Croatia, Hungary, China, Thailand, Korea, Venezuela, and Argentina. She enjoys traveling for outdoor adventures. 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.