Teresa Burns Murphy reads “Geometry Lesson”, which won 3rd prize in the Soulmaking Literary Competition

Teresa Burns Murphy is the author of a novel, The Secret to Flying (TigerEye Publications). Her writing has been published in Amazing Graces: Yet Another Collection of Fiction by Washington Area Women (Paycock Press), Academic Exchange Quarterly, Chicago Quarterly Review, Doubleback Review, Dreamstreets, Evening Street Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Grokking the Fullness, Inquiry, Literary Mama, The Literary Nest, Months to Years, The Opiate, The Penmen ReviewPulse Literary Review, Rkvry Quarterly Literary Journal, The Science Teacher, Slippery Elm Literary Journal, Southern Women’s Review, Sparks of Calliope, Stirring: A Literary Collection, THEMA, The Tower Journal, The Washington Post, Westview, Write City Ezine, and The Write City Review (Vol. 4).

Teresa Burns Murphy and Julie Vosburgh Agnone

At Fall for the Book reading from AMAZING GRACES on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA with Julie Vosburgh Agnone

She won the WORDS (Arkansas Literary Society) Award for Fiction and the Arkansas Scottish Festival Poetry Contest, was a semifinalist for the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel, a semifinalist for the Hawk Mountain Short Story Collection Award, a finalist for the Kate Braverman Short Story Prize, and a finalist for the Janice Farrell Poetry Prize. She has given several public readings, including at the Fall for the Book Festival at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia; the Open Door Reading Series at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland; the Readings by Contemporary Authors Series at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware; the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; and the National League of American Pen Women Soul-Making Contest Readings in San Francisco.

She holds a B.A. (English) and an M.Ed. (American Literature) from Harding University, an M.F.A. (Creative Writing) from George Mason University, and an Ed. D. (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of Memphis. While teaching at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, she was awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching and was the recipient of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education Scholar Award for her research on violence and peacemaking in the public schools.

Originally from Arkansas, she currently lives in Northern Virginia.

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