“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: 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), with When I Wear Bob Kaufman’s Eyes forthcoming (Gnashing Teeth Publishing). Current writing in 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


Driving to Oklahoma tomorrow for the Chikaskia Conference (10/20), then to Memphis for the 901 Open Mic (10/24) and finally, the Featured Reader at the Wednesday Night Poetry (WNP) in Hot Springs, AR (10/26). Should be a blast!!

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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