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

Teresa Burns Murphy is the author of a novel, The Secret to Flying (TigerEye Publications, 2011).   Her writing has been published in Amazing Graces: Yet Another Collection of Fiction by Washington Area Women (Paycock Press, 2012), Academic Exchange Quarterly, DreamstreetsGargoyle Magazine, Inquiry, Grokking the Fullness, The Penmen ReviewPulse Literary Review, Rkvry Quarterly Literary Journal, The Science Teacher, Southern Women’s Review, THEMA, The Tower Journal, The Washington Post, and Westview.

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 on September 28, 2012

She won the 1996 WORDS (Arkansas Literary Society) Award for Fiction and the 2016 Arkansas Scottish Festival Poetry Contest, was a semi-finalist for the 2005 Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel, a finalist for the 2006 Kate Braverman Short Story Prize, and a finalist for the 2009 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; and the National League of American Pen Women Soul-Making Contest Readings in San Francisco.

She holds a B.A. in English from Harding University, an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University, and an Ed. D. in 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.

Read An Interview with Teresa Burns Murphy by Elizabeth Huergo