Mary Jean Murphy lives and writes in New York City.Mary Jean Murphy watercolor She is the former Managing Editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Another Chicago Magazine, Epiphany: A Literary JournalVinyl Poetry and Prose, the Washington Square Review, Scholastic’s Best Teen Writing of 2006, and more.

She has given readings at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers’ House, and elsewhere.  Mary Jean has received many accolades for her writing, most notably a 2012 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award.

She is an alumna of the SC Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities (2008, Creative Writing), NYU (2012, BFA Dramatic Writing), and Columbia University (2016, MFA Nonfiction Writing). For fun, she manages a martial arts school in Tribeca and takes long walks with her dogs Story and Novella.


Email: maryjmurphy22[at]gmail[dot]com

Press / Interviews

NYU: Tisch Alumna Receives Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award

Epiphany Magazine: Interview with Mary Jean Murphy