Biography

Jennifer Murphy is an award-winning author and performer whose work has been published in Highway 99Mississippi ReviewJoyful NoiseBum Rush the PageWords in Your Face, and many other literary journals and anthologies. She co-wrote a 2009 script for the French children's TV series Green Squad and has published articles in Forbes, Forbes Traveler, Monocle, The New York Post, and other news outlets. A recipient of the PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award ("the blue-collar PEN") honoring excellence in multi-cultural literature, she has received grants from the Annenberg Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and NYU’s Veterans Writing Workshop. 

As a performer, Jennifer has been featured nationally at a wide-array of venues, from the Knitting Factory to Gene Frankel Theater, The Nuyorican Poets Café to Columbia, Princeton, and NYU. In February 2017 she received a commission and BRIClab Residency to develop Other Women, a two-woman show with poet and playwright Felice Belle developed and directed by Monica L. Williams, with photographs by Robyn Twomey. The show opened at Joe's Pub at The Public in July 2017. 

In addition to writing, Jennifer maintains a parallel career as a private investigator in the intelligence and security sectors, specializing in online investigations, digital crisis communications, and threat monitoring for high-consequence events. 

Jennifer holds a B.A. from Syracuse University in English & Textual Studies and journalism. At Syracuse, Jennifer received two of the university's highest academic and athletic honors. She was a Remembrance Scholar, named in spirit of the 35 students killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. And she was a Full-Scholarship Division I Women's Volleyball player: three-time All-BIG EAST selection and three-season MVP, inducted into the Syracuse Athletics Orange Plus Hall of Fame in 2003. She received an M.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from NYU, where she taught as an adjunct professor and volunteered with the NYU Veterans Writing Workshop. John Cheever's Gertrude Flannery is her literary spirit animal. 

Jennifer Murphy perfects the art of confrontation and gives proof that beauty and truth can still be found once we get through the wreckage.


— Willie Perdomo