“Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot?”–Late December 2017

Cookie says, “‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.'”

Xmas present

Update on my dogs:

After the savage pit bull attack last month (see the previous blog), my dogs York (black Lab, 8), Savane (Spaniel mix), and Cookie (2, Chi-Spaniel) were injured and had stitches and drains. Now they have managed to recover: their stitches are out, and they’ve returned to their normal activities–looking for food, barking, sleeping.

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waiting for a treat

Clarification re: Cats

I love cats as much as I love dogs. Our cute, furry, loving cat Luckie died two months ago from old age–he was 17. I haven’t “replaced” Luckie with another cat (Well, Luckie can’t be replaced, of course). But we have three dogs. That’s enough, I figure.

Quickstraw, my neighbor’s cat

Interviews: In October 2017, I was interviewed by Arya-francesca Jenkins for a WritersnReaders feature. If you want to know more details about me, this article is a good resource. http://writersnreadersii.blogspot.com/2017/10/

On January 13, 2018, I am featured on in a podcast interview with Marcia Epstein, who has a show called Talk With ME, “at the intersection of art and mental illness.” http://lawrencehits.com/wp/blog/podcast/mish-eileen-murphy-writer-visualartist-professor/

Update on my writing: Recently I’ve had awards, poems, book reviews, and magazine articles published. Here’s a list of some of them:


  • My book review in Cultural Weekly of John Yamrus and Janne Karlsson’s illustrated poetry book As Real As Rain was placed in the Top Ten articles for 2017 per Cultural Weekly. In fact, it was #4.  https://www.culturalweekly.com/cultural-weeklys-top-10-2017/
  • The John Yamrus book review involved in Cultural Weekly’s Award is found at this link:                                                                      https://www.culturalweekly.com/book-review-real-rain-john-yamrus/
  • I also just did an interview with John Yamrus for Cultural Weekly (January 2018). In it, he discusses some old family photos that are involved in his writing Memory Lane, his highly-acclaimed memoirs.   https://www.culturalweekly.com/join-john-yamrus-on-memory-lane/
  • My poetry book The Knife Tree was a runner-up (in the top ten) of the prize-winning books at Michigan State University’s Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize contest for 2016 (announced 2017).
Dog in Bow Tie #1
dog in bow tie

Visual Art

    • In 2017, Thirteen Myna Birds published my visual art entitled “Magic Hand.”
    • The magazine Tifiret Journal published my artwork “Lilies of the Field.”
    • In April 2017, my work was exhibited in Jemez Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
    • Since September 2017, I have been associated with Funky As A Monkey Art Studio in Tampa, Florida, and have participated in three gallery shows in Tampa/St. Petersburg since then.
    • I have also taken art lessons from Tim Gibbons of Funky As A Monkey Art Studio, starting fall 2017.
    • I displayed my art at the “Oneness Event” in Lakeland, October 22, 2017, where I also read some poetry.
    • I made an agreement with poet John Yamrus to illustrate his next book, a book for children of all ages, Phoebe and Ito are dogs. I’m excited about the project. I have taken a lot of photos of dogs and have drawn a lot of dog pictures in anticipation.
    • I did collage art for the inside front pages and back cover of John Yamrus’s new  memoir Memory Lane. It was published December 2017.
    • I’m also doing “dog” art for sale. Here’s one of the “dog art” pictures:
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      purple dog



I am now a staff writer for the Los Angeles-based non-profit magazine Cultural Weekly.  Besides my book review of John Yamrus’s As Real As Rain (discussed above), I published the following articles in Cultural Weekly: 


Author: Mish (Eileen) Murphy

Hi. I am a writer, visual artist, and professor. I write and publish poetry and book reviews. I take photos and create photo art. I teach literature and English at Polk State College, Lakeland, Florida.

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