Erin Murphy is the author of seven books of poetry, including the forthcoming Assisted Living, and editor of three anthologies of poetry and creative nonfiction, including a collection of narrative medicine essays forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press. Her individual poems and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, Field, Brevity, The Normal School, Women’s Studies Quarterly, subtropics, North American Review, Southern Indiana Review, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day edited by Billy Collins (Random House), The Art of Losing edited by Kevin Young (Bloomsbury), and elsewhere. Her awards include the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, the Foley Poetry Award, the National Writers' Union Poetry Award judged by Donald Hall, and The Normal School Poetry Prize judged by Nick Flynn. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she was an M.F.A. Fellow and wrote her thesis under the direction of James Tate. She is Professor of English and creative writing at the Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College.