Friday, June 25, 2004

Poetic Premiere: WC's Erin Murphy Releases New Collection Of Verse; Garners Poetry Prize

Chestertown, MD, June 24, 2004 — Erin Murphy, an instructor of creative writing and literature at Washington College and first-place winner of the 2003 National Writers Union Poetry Award, has released her first collection of poetry, Science of Desire, published this June by Word Press.

Murphy will debut her poems at the College with a reading and book-signing on Thursday, September 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the Sophie Kerr Room of the Miller Library. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

“It's the mixture of verbal sensuousness and quick intelligence that appeals most strongly to me in these vivid poems,” said award-winning poet Eamon Grennan of Murphy's poetic style. “There's something intrepid, honest, insistent in her ability to negotiate at speed between facts and feelings. Anchored often in family, her imagination can float out on currents of edgy, idiosyncratic, individual revelation. Alert to the language itself, she is always physically mindful of its meanings, its play of possibilities. Behind the wry humor, there is a decent, sympathetic love for the ordinary stuff of the world, for how ‘apples [are] polished like memories.'”

Murphy, a 1990 graduate of Washington College, received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her poems have appeared in The Georgia Review,Field, Nimrod, The Paterson Literary Review, Literal Latte and Kalliope, and her awards include a Pushcart Prize nomination and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. Murphy's second collection of poetry, Too Much of This World, has garnered the Anthony Piccione Poetry Prize and will be published by Mammoth Books. Publication date will be announced.

Science of Desire is available online through, Barnes and Noble, and at theWashington College Bookstore. Samples of her poetry can be found online by visiting Word Press.

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