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.


Murphy’s book of poems Hemming Flames 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 by New Orleans Review.

Murphy has read her work at Changing Hands in Tempe, Antigone Books in Tucson, the Tempe Center for the Arts during the Tempe Poetry in April celebration, the Swarthout Awards Ceremony, the Gateway College awards ceremony, the Shemer Art Center, and Eye Lounge Gallery in Phoenix. She delivered the Keynote Address at the 2nd Annual Friends Benefit Dinner for the Casa Grande Public Library. She has served as a Faculty Ambassador to local high schools and community centers. She has presented papers at the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference, the College Composition and Communication Conference, the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, and the Western States Composition Conference.

Murphy has published her writing in many of the top national literary magazines including The Massachusetts Review, Black Warrior Review, Third Coast, Clackamas Literary Review, New Orleans Review, Wisconsin Review, Notre Dame Review, Seattle Review, The South Carolina Review, Cimarron Review, Kalliope, Quarterly West, American Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Green Mountains Review, Indiana Review, and The Iowa Review.

She has published four book chapters including “Between Sentiment and Language: Creating Tension.” in Wingbeats: Exercises and Practices in Poetry, “To Friend or Not to Friend: Social Networking and Your Professors.” Snarktastic, “Will Work for Free: Campus Publications and You.” Snarktastic, and with Duane Roen and Ryan Muckerheide “Teaching in the Wake of National Tragedy.” in Trauma and the Teaching of Writing.

She has received fully or partially funded stays at several artists organizations including Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Ragdale Foundation, Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, Vermont Studio Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Mesa Refuge.


Patricia Murphy is a Principal Lecturer at Arizona State University where she teaches magazine production and creative writing. Murphy earned her B.A. in English and French from Miami University and her MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from Arizona State University. In 2008 she founded the literary magazine Superstition Review, which became her full-time teaching position at the University in 2012. Each semester she mentors 30-40 students through the steps of running the magazine including editing, blogging, advertising, and social media.

In Spring 2017 she won the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Outstanding Teacher Award. In Spring 2016 she won the ASU Faculty Women’s Association Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. In Spring 2009 she was recognized at the highest level of the university, receiving a Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Student Mentoring. She has taught 206 classes at ASU and has offered many workshops on pedagogy and teaching strategies to ASU faculty. In 2010 she developed the course Travel Writing for ASU Online, and offers it four times a year.


I have traveled to 40 countries including Croatia, Hungary, China, Thailand, Korea, Venezuela, and Argentina. I especially enjoy traveling to places where I can have an outdoor adventure. I have climbed Kilamanjaro, hiked the Inca Trail in Peru, and completed races in Portugal, Italy, Singapore, and Norway.

Each year my partner John and I go to a country we have never been to before. We enjoy planning our own adventures, but we have also followed invitations of friends who were living/traveling in places such as Scotland, Korea, Venezuela, and China. In other years we did dream trips, like Argentina and Costa Rica.

We use Tripadvisor.com to check out the restaurants, attractions, and neighborhoods. We also look for travel blogs where people report their experiences in different areas. We have gotten lots of great ideas from blogs about where to visit and where to stay.


Galapagos Day 4: Fernandina Island

I have an exercise for you. Close your eyes and imagine an experience from your life that brought you so much joy your heart felt like it would explode. Now imagine me, having that very feeling, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.