PhD Candidate English Creative Writing (Fiction) Georgia State University
MFA Creative Writing (Fiction) University of Massachusetts
BA in English from Arizona State University Summa Cum Laude
AA Philosophy (Ethics) with Highest Distinction from Phoenix Community College
Murphy's writing examines the experience of inhabiting an "othered" body while exploring the connections between the physical-self and the abstract-self. Primary influences in her writing include Lucia Berlin, Jodi Angel, and Dorothy Allison. Common themes in her work include the relationship of the body to environment, the relationship between poverty and violence, and ethical obligations towards the self and others.
Jennifer Murphy is a second-year PhD candidate at Georgia State University. She is the recipient of the Paul Bowles Fellowship in Fiction, Mary Doyle Curran Scholarship in Creative Writing, first place prize for scholarly essay and the second place prize for fiction in the Randel and Susan McCraw Helms Writing Contest, and the honorable mention award in the Glendon & Kathryn Swarthout Awards In Writing.
She is currently working on a collection of short stories titled What You’re Made Of and a poetry collection titled You Are Here.