Peter E. Murphy, Founder/Director
Peter E. Murphy 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 Stubborn Child, a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize, and three poetry chapbooks, Thorough & Efficient, Mr. Nobody and Atlantic City Lives (Forthcoming in 2015). His unique poetry writing assignments have been collected in Challenges for the Delusional (2012), published by Jane Street Press. In addition to receiving a 2009 Poetry Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, he has received awards and fellowships from The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Yaddo, The Folger Shakespeare Library and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Peter directs the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, Murphy Writing and other programs for poets, writers and teachers. Read a recent interview with Peter.
Amanda Murphy, Managing Director
Amanda 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 email@example.com.
Taylor Coyle, Program Assistant
Taylor, 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. She has also worked in a barbeque restaurant for several years and recently graduated with a degree in Literature from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. In her spare time, she likes to catch up on sleep and write.