Author/Editor: Lizz Murphy

Lizz Murphy
Lizz Murphy was Highly Commended in the 2013 Blake Poetry Prize and a finalist in the UK’s Aesthetica Poetry Competition. Her awards include: 2011 Rosemary Dobson Poetry Prize (co-winner), 2006 CAPO Singapore Airlines Travel Award, 1998 ACT Creative Arts Fellowship for Literature, 1994 Anutech Poetry Prize; plus a number of mentions.

She has published 12 books. Her seven poetry titles include Portraits: 54 Poems and Six Hundred Dollars (PressPress), Walk the Wildly (Picaro), Stop Your Cryin (Island) and Two Lips Went Shopping (Spinifex Press, print & e-book). She is widely published in Australian journals and anthologies with poems also published in Canada, China, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, USA. Recent poems can be found online at Abridged (Ire), The Official Blake Prize, Cordite Poetry Review, Right Now: Australian Human Rights, Shot Glass Journal (USA), Tuesday Poem (NZ), Under the Basho (USA), Verity La, Wonder Book of Poetry. Recent anthologies include: A Slow Combusting Hymn: Poetry from and about Newcastle and the Hunter Region (eds. Kit Kelen & Jean Kent, ASM Macao 2014), The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry (eds. PS Cottier & Tim Jones, IP 2014), Notes for the Translators (ed. Kit Kelen, ASM Macao 2013), Australian Love Poems (ed. Mark Tredinnick, Inkerman & Blunt 2013, 2014), Flood, Fire and Famine (School of Music Poets ACT, forthcoming).

Lizz instigated a poetry as public art project in partnership with Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS) across an arts region of eight local government areas, titled Poetry: The Indelible Stencil. It is nearing completion. She co-coordinates A Brush with Poetry (with Robyn Sykes) at the Black Swan Gallery, Binalong. She has facilitated a great many workshops in the Canberra/NSW regions and beyond and has been involved in large writing projects and poetry tours. She has worked in publishing, regional arts development and poetry development. She blogs at


20 Mar 2012 Lizz Murphy at Manning Clark House, Forrest, Canberra
Manning Clark House, Forrest, Canberra
Wine and Nibbles Talk - Lizz Murphy - Poetry Reading
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Lizz Murphy has read her p... more

24 Mar 2010 Take a Walk with Words: Writing Workshop with Lizz Murphy

Lizz Murphy, writer of Two Lips Went Shopping and editor of Wee Girls is facilitating a workshop in Goulburn called 'Time to Write'.

Lizz Murphy invites yo... more

04 Mar 2010 Women, Words and Water at the Belconnen Arts Centre

On Sunday 7 March, Spinifex authors Ariel Salleh and Lizz Murphy will be part of the Belconnen Arts Centre event Women, Words and Water, an all-day literary... more


1998 ACT Creative Arts Fellowship for Literature

2006 CAPO Singapore Airlines Travel Award

Finalist in the UK’s Aesthetica Poetry Competition

2013 Blake Poetry Prize - Highly Commended

1994 Anutech Poetry Prize, winner
Book Awards
Two Lips Went Shopping: 1998 ACT Creative Arts Fellowship for development

Books published by, or available from, Spinifex
Two Lips Went Shopping
Wee Girls

Out Now
The Floating Garden

The Floating Garden

Emma Ashmere

Sydney, Milsons Point, 1926. Entire streets are being demolished for the building of the Harbour Bridge. Ellis Gilbey,...

The End of Patriarchy

The End of Patriarchy

Robert Jensen

The pathology of patriarchy, the idea that one group of people should control another—even own them, own even life...

Prostitution Narratives

Prostitution Narratives

Caroline Norma, Melinda Tankard Reist

For too long the global sex industry and its vested interests have dominated the prostitution debate repeating the same...

The Great Climate Robbery

The Great Climate Robbery


The great climate robbery provides valuable information about how the industrial food system causes climate change, how...

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