4245 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14618, USA
In 1973, Murphy received a Bachelor of Arts in music and English from Nazareth College.
500 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
In 1974, Murphy received a Master of Arts in English from the University of Michigan.
Tempe, Arizona 85281, USA
Murphy received a Ph.D. in educational management from Arizona State University in 1980.
(Sheila E. Murphy's selection gives readers access to a ra...)
Sheila E. Murphy's selection gives readers access to a range of work, from earlier books like TETH to her work in the late 90s. As the person who coined the term American Haibun, Murphy shows her mastery of the contemporary prose poem.
(THE INDELIBLE OCCASION marks the first appearance of thes...)
THE INDELIBLE OCCASION marks the first appearance of these 75 numbered works by Sheila Murphy, incorporating meditation, philosophy, investigation of language, and social critique.
In 1973, Murphy received a Bachelor of Arts in music and English from Nazareth College. In 1974, she received a Master of Arts in English from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in educational management from Arizona State University in 1980.
From 1974 to 1976, Murphy was an assistant professor of English in Escanaba, Michigan. Publishing her first chapbook, a collection of poems encouraged by friend and fellow poet Beverly Carver, in the early 1980s, Murphy also taught at the college level, and eventually earned her Ph.D. The move to Arizona State University to complete this advanced degree was key to Murphy’s career as a writer, for the southwestern culture and landscape has served to energize her creative talents.
Leaving academia in the early 1980s, Murphy has been able to balance her efforts at crafting poetry with a successful career in business, and has continued to maintain this balance throughout her adult life, finding success in both the poetic sphere and in the “world of work.” She reflects upon other creative individuals who have developed a similar life in her co-editorship of 1991’s The Literature of Work: Short Stories, Essays, and Poems by Men and Women of Business.
From 1980 to 1990, she was trainer, then training program director, then divisional vice president for Phoenix at AZ-based hotel chain. From 1990 to 1993, she was director of business and management programs at a university in Phoenix, and then, in 1993, she was a president of Sheila Murphy Associates.
Murphy’s first book of poems, With House Silence, was published by England’s Stride Publications in 1987. The same year, Murphy founded, together with Beverly Carver, Scottsdale Center for the Arts Poetry Series. She has also conducted poetry readings throughout the United States and Canada, and in Australia. A collection including poems previously published in Stride Magazine and other periodicals, the work was highly praised by critics. It would soon be followed by several other collections, among them Obeli: Twenty-one Contemplations and Tommy and Neil, a 1993 work that collects the sets of poems she wrote for her two younger brothers, Tommy and Neil Murphy, for their birthdays.
Over the past several years, Murphy has been working in visual art, particularly in the area of visual poetry. Her work has been exhibited and sold in multiple exhibits throughout the United States.
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Music was Murphy’s first love and, although she began writing poetry while a teenager and even had poems accepted for publication, she considered her writing talents secondary and hid them under a host of pseudonyms.