Portraits: 54 Poems (PressPress, January 2013) is Lizz Murphy’s seventh poetry title. Some titles are full collections, some not so full. Six Hundred Dollars (PressPress) was released in 2010. Her other collections are: Walk the Wildly (Picaro Press - to be released by Ginninderra Press), Stop Your Cryin (Island Press), Two Lips Went Shopping (Spinifex Press, print and e-book), Pearls and Bullets (Island Press) and Do Fish Get Seasick (Polonius Press). Shebird will be published by PressPress in 2015. Her five anthologies and community publications include Wee Girls: Women Writing from an Irish Perspective (editor, Spinifex Press) and the social history The Pearly Griffin: The Story of the Old Griffin Centre (co-editor with Sarah St Vincent Welch, ACT DHCS). She is widely published in Australia and has poems published in Canada, China, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland and USA and translated into Bengali, French, Gaelic, Polish and Serbian.
Before poetry Lizz used to paint. Now she occasionally works with art & text. In 2011 she was in a group exhibition titled Skin with three other artists: Kelly De Olivera, Deborah Faeyrglenn and Cheryl Jobsz, at ANCA Gallery, Canberra. In 2005 (with Deborah Faeyrglenn) and 2006 (with Suzette Boddington) she had collaborative art & text works shown in group exhibitions at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.
Lizz always wanted to fly in a helicopter and to go to Darwin. She got to do both through Northern Territory Writers Week 2001. One day she'd like to go back there. Other festivals include Adelaide Fringe, Shoalhaven Poetry Festival, Spring Poetry Festival Canberra, Weereewa Festival and the Australian Poetry Festival. She was a featured poet in the fabulous Tasmanian Poetry Festival (Launceston) in 2014. Other places poetry has taken her include SE NSW with the Poets in Court tour 2001, Broken Hill to Katoomba - Poets on Wheels 2003 (Poets Union) and Kolkata/Calcutta - Australia-India Poetry Exchange 2006 and 2007.
A visual arts past is steering Lizz towards art & text and public art. Her series of works in the group show Skin (see above) incorporated collected materials and original poetry. She is currently coordinating her poetry-based public art program Poetry: The Indelible Stencil in partnership with Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS) and eight local governments. It involves a team of ten regional poets.
Memberships: ACT Writers Centre, Australian Poetry Ltd, STARTS, Binalong Arts Group Inc (BAG).
For new work day by day by Lizz and an international group of poets and artists visit project365plus.com.au