“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, and Odes and Elegies: Eco-Poetry from the Texas Gulf Coast. 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

April, National Poetry Month!

First, I’m driving to Ada, OK for the Scissortail Writing Festival April 6-8 at East Central University. I am the third reader on April 7th 11:00-12:10 in Estep Auditorium.
Second, I’m driving to McAllen, TX for the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival April 20-23 at the McAllen Creative Incubator.

Plus, summer tour so far: featured reader at the Poetry Open Mic at the Sovereign Kava Bar 268 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC July 12; featured reader at the 10th GonzoFest at the High Horse bar 1032 Story Avenue in Louisville, KY July 14-16. More to come!

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.

Inaugural Poet Laureate Reading

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