Erin Murphy is the author of five collections of poetry: Distant Glitter (forthcoming from Word Press in 2013); Word Problems (Word Press, 2011); Dislocation and Other Theories (Word Press, 2008), winner of the Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence; Too Much of This World (Mammoth Books, 2008), winner of the Anthony Piccione Poetry Prize; and Science of Desire (Word Press, 2004), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize for the best poetry book of 2004. With Todd Davis, she is co-editor of Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets (State University of New York Press, 2010). Her awards include a $5,000 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, the Foley Poetry Award, the National Writers' Union Poetry Award judged by Donald Hall, the Normal School Poetry Prize judged by Nick Flynn, and the 2010 WISE Women Tribute Award in Arts & Letters, and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has been featured on Garrison Keillorís The Writerís Almanac, and her poems and creative nonfiction essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, edited by Billy Collins (Random House), The Art of Losing, edited by Kevin Young (Bloomsbury), and The 2009 Best of the Net anthology, judged by Patricia Smith. She is associate professor of English and creative writing at the Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College, where she received the 2011 Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.