Mish (Eileen) Murphy is a college professor, visual artist, writer, and book reviewer. A native of Chicago, she now lives with her husband and three dogs in a semi-rural area thirty miles from Tampa.



Eileen (Mish) Murphy is a full-time professor of literature and English at Polk State College in Lakeland, Florida. She graduated with a B.A. from New College, Sarasota, with a degree in French and Russian. Her M.A. in Fiction Writing/Teaching of Writing is from Columbia College, Chicago.



Mish’s photography has been published in literary journals such as Peacock JournalTiferet Journal, The Indian River Review, and Calyx Journal,and shown in galleries in Florida and New Mexico. Her artistic philosophy is simple: find the beauty under the surface, for example, of a dilapidated shed or in a quick green lizard with a long thin tail.


One of Mish’s main projects since last year has been to draw dogs of all kinds.Treat


Another project is to photograph “geckos,” more properly called Florida anoles. Her colorful gecko photos are Mish’s most popular art pieces.


Mish has also shot a series of photos of Florida flowers. Sometimes she paints flowers.

spring flowers


She is also drawn to photographing human beings of all ages and walks of life in their daily activities, and she has a reputation for making people look good in the picture.

Skye and Luckie



Eileen (Mish) Murphy has published over 60 poems in literary journals in the U.S., U. K., and Canada, including, recently, Thirteen Myna Birds, Tinderbox Journal, The American Journal of Poetry, Rogue Agent, Writing In A Woman’s Voice, Yes Poetry, The Open Mouse, and other journals.


Her poem “After My Baby Brother Kills Himself, I Try on Flowered Muumuus” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize (by Tinderbox Journal (2016)).


Her poetry collection was a runner-up for the 2017 Wheelbarrow Books Prize at Michigan State University (2017).


She is also a staff writer for Los Angeles-based Cultural Weekly magazine.




Eileen (Mish) Murphy has published poetry book reviews recently as follows:

Tinderbox Journal—Review of Villain Songs by Tammie Robacker

Glass—Review of The Laura Poems by Juliet Cook

Cultural Weekly—Review of AS REAL AS RAIN by John Yamrus and JanneKarlsson

Arsenic Lobster—Review of Cutting Eyes from Ghosts by Ariana Den Bleyker.

Rain Taxi—Review of Aperture by Anna Leahy

Blog of Los Angeles Review of Books—Review of Enter Here by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Cultural Weekly—Review of Memory Lane by John Yamrus

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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