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  

Palimpsest, Ohio

Out in Lockbourne, there is a house anchored in my memory. It was an old white farmhouse, set back from the road. Behind it sat an unused garage, a chicken coop converted into a storage shed with shelves for antique…

Prince, The King of France

“Ahhhh, Prince! C’est enorme!” shouted Jean-Baptiste as I handed him a burned copy of the pop god’s most recent release, Musicology. He was a French college student from a small town in Normandy, a goateed guitar player, a major in…

The Land of Land

I’m your lovers, your VFWs, and your broken down factories and mills, I’m your freight trains, and your friends Your shopping malls Your tanning beds Please forgive me, Ohio, my dear. —Aaron Lee Tasjan, “Ohio My Dear” The other night…

Phife’s Islands

The third death of A Tribe Called Quest occurred last week with the passing of Phife Dawg. The first death came after The Love Movement, when the group broke up; I witnessed the second death in Michael Rappaport’s documentary Beats,…

Sign up for Our Email Newsletter