Peter E. Murphy, Founder
Peter 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 Paterson Poetry Prize. His recent essays and poems appear in The Common, Diode, Gravel, Guernica, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Lindenwood Review, The New Welsh Reader, Rattle, Word Riot and elsewhere. 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 some of his work at peteremurphy.com. Read a brief interview with Peter.
Amanda Murphy, Director
Amanda Murphy, Director of Murphy Writing of Stockton University, specializes in event planning, marketing and event production. Previously she worked in financial literacy, arts management and for a London-based non-governmental organization. She 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. In her free time, Amanda enjoys yoga, hiking, gardening and eating exotic food.
Taylor Coyle, Program Coordinator
Taylor 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. Her work has appeared in Rewrites and Stockpot. She has also collaborated with a graphic design artist for a forthcoming visual writing project. Originally Murphy Writing’s intern, Taylor started working part-time for us in 2013. In 2016, she was hired full-time and couldn’t be happier. She has also worked in a barbeque restaurant for 10+ years and graduated with honors with a degree in Literature from Stockton University. In her spare time, she likes to catch up on sleep, write and pet animals that don’t bite.