100 Creatives

31: Patricia Colleen Murphy

31. Patricia Colleen Murphy
Patricia Colleen Murphy teaches creative writing at Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus where she is the managing editor of the online literary magazine Superstition Review.

In 2009, her poem "Why I Burned Down Namdaemun Gate" received the Gulf Coast Prize. As a travel enthusiast, Murphy has found herself in Hungary, China, Thailand, Korea, Venezuela, and Argentina. She can also run -- we're talking marathons, duathlons and triathalons -- and has participated in more than 60 races. Murphy currently lives near South Mountain Park with her partner John Hetrick and their cat and two dogs.

1.List five things on your Inspiration Wall (real or imagined):
- A marble candy dish that rests on two brass paws and a brass tail. It looks just like my kitty cat.
- Lots of photographs of friends and loved ones.
- Three porcelain snuff bottles I bought at a market in Beijing.
- A large collection of poetry books. I read one before I write a poem.
- Thank-You notes and graduation announcements from students.

2.What was your last big project?
Issue 5 of Superstition Review took most of my energy this spring. I'm the editor, but I run the magazine as a 3 credit hour class with 20 undergraduate students. IF all I had to do was edit the magazine, it would be a straight-forward process, but instead it's me training students to do the work--which turns everything into 2 or 3 steps. It's very time consuming. I'm always so proud of how hard my students work. With each task that they tackle, I picture the bullet item on their resume that might make them stand out in a job search or grad school application.

In my own writing, I feel pretty close to finished with my poetry manuscript The Beggar's Table. It has been a bridesmaid with several publishers, and I'm hoping that in fall 2010 someone will put a ring on it.

3.What's your next big project?
We'll be working on Issue 6 of Superstition Review from August-November. Once that work starts, I won't have a lot of time for my own writing, but if I'm disciplined enough I hope to finish a draft of my memoir. In 2008 I was about 20 pages away from being finished, thanks to an Arizona Commission on the Arts Project Grant. But then both of my parents died unexpectedly and suddenly. I am still not emotionally able to write about family, plus I have a lot of re-writing to do because the story has changed. But I do hope to launch back into that project and find a publisher for it too.

4. What do you think the Phoenix creative scene needs more of?
As a writer, I'm impressed by the Phoenix creative scene, in the sense that we draw a lot of authors to the area for readings and workshops. I do wish that more Valley residents showed an interest in and made an investment in the arts. Wouldn't it be lovely if Phoenix had as many "arts" followers as it has "sports" followers?

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you? (And, if you're game, what's something you really don't want Phoenix to know about you?)
I want Phoenix to know: I really enjoy teaching, and I get to teach some great classes at ASU. Right now I am teaching a class on Blogging, and in the fall I'm teaching Travel Writing. I've been able to build classes that combine my interests in technology and creative writing.

I don't want Phoenix to know:
Everyone collects something, right? Okay. Well, I collect dresses. I have, um, a lot. One of my current favorites is from Bunky Boutique.

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