Murphy to be inducted into Blair County Arts Hall of Fame

August 31, 2015

Erin Murphy, professor of English at Penn State Altoona, will be inducted into the Blair County Arts Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Heritage Discovery Center in downtown Altoona on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Murphy will be recognized for her contributions in the literary arts. She is the author or editor of eight books, the most recent of which are "Ancilla" (Lamar University Press, 2014) and "Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers" (forthcoming from State University of New York Press). Her work has been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac, and her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including the Georgia Review, Field, Brevity, subtropics, North American Review, Southern Indiana Review, "180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day," edited by Billy Collins (Random House), and "The Art of Losing," edited by Kevin Young (Bloomsbury).

Her awards include the Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence, the 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, the 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. At Penn State Altoona, she has received the Athleen J. Stere Teaching Award, the Grace D. Long Faculty Excellence Award, an Institute for Arts and Humanities Fellowship, and the university-wide Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.

  • Erin Murphy

    Erin Murphy, professor of English at Penn State Altoona, will be inducted into Blair County Arts Hall of Fame in October.

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Last Updated September 02, 2015