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  

Gus, All Too Human

“I swear, Gus. You’d argue with a possum.” -Call Is Lonesome Dove the greatest miniseries of all time? I’ve definitely watched it more times than any other miniseries. Watching Roots was like jury duty–just tried to get through it, though…

The Year Twenty Fixteen

When my daughter counts, she recites all the numbers in order, until she reaches “12, 13, 14, Fixteen, 17, 18, 19….” Soon enough, I’m sure she’ll separate fifteen and sixteen and recite the teens in the boring way that the…

Bullets for You

“The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice last month resigned from a previous small-town police job when he was deemed emotionally unstable and unfit for duty, especially in his handling of firearms.”  -M. Alex Johnson, NBC…

From Cop Killers to Killer Cops

The news cycle is quite strange now. One of the hottest topics—black men, and boys, many of them unarmed, shot and killed by police—is certainly old news. I have never been shot at by police, or by anyone else for…

Slang Cinema: On Camp Lo and Ski Beatz

If you were a hip hop head in the late 1990s, then you probably remember the exact spot on earth you were standing when you first heard Camp Lo’s first single, the horn-spangled hit, “Luchini.” The singular duo, comprised of…

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