Peter E. Murphy was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a nightclub and drove a taxi. He is the author of eleven books and chapbooks of poetry and prose. Excerpts from his memoir-in-progress won the 2018 Wilt Nonfiction Chapbook Prize and the 2019 Arch Street Press First Chapter Memoir Prize. His poems and essays have appeared in The Common, Diode, Guernica, Hippocampus, The New Welsh Review and elsewhere. As the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University, he leads workshops for writers and teachers in the United States and abroad.