About Brian Michael Murphy

Brian Michael Murphy is an Assistant Professor in the Core Division at Champlain College, and an Instructor in the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. He has published poems in SLAB, Birmingham Poetry Review, and CHEST, among other places. He holds a PhD in Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University, where he was a Presidential Fellow. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs. Follow him @raisedbymovies  

Majestic Waste

Jay Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne (2011) album was a watershed moment in hip hop, specifically, and American culture broadly, though to say this is a bit redundant, since hip hop is the most American culture. Never before…

La Fin du Monde at Bristol Bar

There was a bar called Bristol. On the corner of 4th and Summit, all brick with a couple window walls, a former speakeasy back in the Prohibition days, when the women of Westerville just ten miles north backboned a national…

Burger Night at the Farm

Last Friday, we stopped out at the Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne for their Burger Night. A long gravel driveway and an army lugging lawn chairs, beach bags, diaper bags, children, pushing strollers that looked like they were built…

Memory is Elsewhere

“I want you to tell me a story ‘bout when you were a little boy,” says my four-year-old girl every night. I tell her things I remember, and things I’ve forgotten. Muscle memory is like the sea floor, and it…

The Greatest Decade

The Warriors are not greater than the ’95-’96 Bulls, who still have the best win-loss record of all time when you include the postseason. The Warriors have reached heights that the Bulls did not, what with Klay Thompson’s fourth-quarter devastation…

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