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January 2019 marks World Above’s four-year anniversary as a collaboration with Stockton University, and we are fortunate to host Peter E. Murphy, Founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University and the progenitor of nearly all things poetry in South Jersey.

Join us on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 7:00pm for a special anniversary reading, featuring Peter E. Murphy at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401). There will be books, cake, and literary raffle prizes!

Our usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long, will run from 7:00pm-7:45pm. Please arrive by 6:50pm to secure a spot in the Open.

After the break, participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt and download instructions for a digital anthology of the past four year’s prompts penned by Barbara Daniels.

Then, Peter E. Murphy will read and sign books.

Peter E. Murphy was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a nightclub and drove a cab. He is the author of ten books and chapbooks including two books of writing prompts and Stubborn Child, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. More than a dozen excerpts of his memoir-in-progress, You Go To My Head, have been published as standalone pieces in literary magazines including “Looking for Thelma,” winner of the 2018 Wilt Nonfiction Chapbook Prize. The founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University, Peter has received dozens of awards and fellowships and has led hundreds of workshops for writers and teachers.

World Above is made possible with support from The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, Stockton’s Center for Community Engagement, and the Atlantic City Arts Foundation.

Please invite your friends to this event, join and share it on Facebook (http://wwwfacebook.com/sjpoets), and link our website (https://sjpoets.wordpress.com) to your social media.

Questions about this series or to apply to be a featured poet, please contact Emari DiGiorgio.