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
Accidents of Composition

Accidents of Composition

Merlinda Bobis

The eyes catch a black bird close to an eerie sun. Instantly, a poem: an accident of composition. Or a tree, rock, light...



Helen Lobato

In Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed Helen Lobato argues that we do not know whether HPV vaccines will decrease the...

Lady of the Realm

Lady of the Realm

Hoa Pham

One day there will be peace in Vietnam. But not before more war.

Touched by the Lady of the Realm, Liên dreams of...

We Go Around in the Night and Are Consumed by Fire

We Go Around in the Night and Are Consumed by Fire

Jules Grant

This stunning literary debut, voiced by a lesbian gangster Donna and her streetwise daughter Aurora, is steeped in the...

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