An Affair of the Stilled Heart

by Erin Murphy

Winner of the 2015 Fred Allen Womack and Frances Sue Zimmerman Womack Book Award

The poems in Ancilla are voiced by little-known figures who played ancillary roles in the lives of well-known artists, writers, scientists, philosophers, and musicians. One of the poems, "Mother of Invention," won the Fermoy International Poetry Festival competition. The award included a trip to County Cork, Ireland, where Murphy attended the awards ceremony and read her poetry in various venues, including an Irish Pub.


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About the Author


Erin Murphy is the author of six collections of poetry: Ancilla (Lamar University Press, 2014), winner of the Womack Book Award; Distant Glitter (Word Poetry, 2013), a finalist for the Foreword IndieFab Book of the Year Award in Poetry; Word Problems (Word Poetry, 2011), winner of the Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence; Dislocation and Other Theories (Word Poetry, 2008), winner of the Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence; Too Much of This World (Mammoth Books, 2008), winner of the Anthony Piccione Poetry Prize; and Science of Desire (Word Poetry, 2004), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize for the best poetry book of 2004. With Todd Davis, she is co-editor of Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets (State University of New York Press, 2010), and with Jen Hirt, she is co-editor of Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers (State University of New York Press, 2016).