Our Team

Peter E. Murphy, Founder

Peter E. MurphyPeter E. Murphy has led hundreds of workshops for writers and teachers. He was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a nightclub and drove a cab. He is the author of seven books and chapbooks including Stubborn Child, a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize. His recent essays and poems appear in The Common, Diode, Guernica, The Hawaii Pacific Review, The Lindenwood Review, Mead, The New Welsh Reader, Passager, Rattle and Rhino. He has received fellowships and awards for writing and teaching from The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Yaddo and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Peter is the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University which includes the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway and other programs for poets, writers and teachers. Read a recent interview with Peter.


Amanda Murphy, Director

Amanda MurphyAmanda Murphy holds an M.A. from the University of Delaware in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators and has led workshops for students and teachers in venues including the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Previously she was Deputy Director of the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute, worked in arts management and for a London-based non-governmental organization. At Murphy Writing, Amanda handles the event planning, marketing and websites. She spends what’s left of her time trying to keep Peter organized. Amanda can be reached at amanda@murphywriting.com.


Taylor Coyle, Program Assistant

Taylor CoyleTaylor Coyle, born and raised in South Jersey, is a strong advocate of the Oxford Comma. She won 1st place in both the 2014 Stephen Dunn Poetry Contest and the 2014 Jennifer Cakert Poetry Awards. Originally Murphy Writing’s intern, Taylor started working part-time for us in 2013. In August 2016, she was hired full-time as Program Assistant. She has also worked in a barbecue restaurant for several years and graduated with a degree in Literature from Stockton University in 2014. In her spare time, she likes to catch up on sleep and write.


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