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“Tom Murphy is an eyes-peeled interlocutor at once skewering evil and the banal while celebrating life’s simple beauty.”

Stephen Wessells, Artist, Las Vegas

Tom Murphy, the 2021-2022 Corpus Christi Poet Laureate. Murphy is Langdon Review’s 2022 Writer-In-Residence. His books: When I Wear Bob Kaufman’s Eyes (Gnashing Teeth Publishing, 2022), Snake Woman Moon (El Grito del Lobo Press, 2021), Pearl (FlowerSong Press 2020), American History (Slough Press, 2017), co-edited Stone Renga (Tail Feather, 2017). Current writing in MONO, Writing Texas, Corpus Christi Writers, Concho River Review, Odes and Elegies: Eco-Poetry from the Texas Gulf Coast and The Switchgrass Review. He is a founding member of the Peoples Poetry Festival. He was featured in the Windward Review’s Author Spotlight.

Tom Murphy at Podium during PPF

Happy New Year!

… and what a new year it will be! Excited about going to AWP in Kansas City where I’ll sign books for FlowerSong Press & Gnashing Teeth Publish. Still working on getting the readings too. Then the People’s Literary Festival in Corpus Christi’s Poet Laureate Reading at All Saints Episcopal Church (2/22 7:00pm). March will be the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University, plus, reading with Octavio Quintanilla & Devorah Fox at South Texas Museum of Art’s 3rd Thursday. In April I’ll be at Scissortail Creative Writing Festival (4/4 3:30) in Ada, OK, catch the Solar Eclipse on the 8th! and then the V.I.P.F. down along the border. Still working on summer gigs. The biggest gig will be in September, Gonzo Fest Europe in Dublin, Ireland (9/26-28). More to follow!

Tom Murphy’s art work covers multiple mediums, sketches, pastels, oils, photography, and sculpture. Although, mostly self-taught in most of these mediums, Murphy did work with Barbra Riley in photography. Most of his art are of portraits and landscapes. 

Tom at the Woody Guthrie Festival, Okemah, OK. Rilla Askew photographer.
Looking forward to New Orleans in April!
Books signing & readings in Corpus Christi, TX February 22-24

Inaugural Poet Laureate Reading

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