About Brian Michael Murphy

Brian Michael Murphy is a poet, Ph.D. Candidate and Presidential Fellow at Ohio State. Follow him @raisedbymovies

The Poetics of Campus Security Alerts

Someone needs to write the book on a new genre of literature gripping the land. It is a short form; its characters are stock; its storylines nearly never begin in medias res, its resolutions are forever deferred. I am writing,…

Zen and The Art of Cover Letter Writing

The best insight I received about job applications came from a mentor who had led many search committees, who had seen the best candidates “on paper” simply bomb interviews, while others with far less stellar CVs out-shined their competitors. My…

Storytelling Now, or, Watching Movies at the Gym

At Eastern Tennessee State University, you can earn a Master of Arts in Storytelling. Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, “in the heart of traditional storytelling country,” the next town over is Jonesborough, home to the National Storytelling Festival, the National…

Not Guilty–Of Course

Out of the hurricane of words published in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, I found Robin D.G. Kelley’s essay, “The U.S. v. Trayvon Martin: How the System Worked,” to be the most affecting, accurate, sober piece, especially in its…

The Literary Self(ie)

My favorite part of any literary biography or memoir is usually the glossy white section with the photographs. The photo section, along with the text, constructs the literary self we imagine generates the narrative. My favorite images of this genre…

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