Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Abby E. Murray has moved around the country and taught writing in Colorado, Georgia, Alaska, New York and Washington. In 2018, Finishing Line Press released her third chapbook, How to Be Married after Iraq. Her second chapbook, Quick Draw: Poems from a Soldier’s Wife, was released in 2012, and in 2010, Lost Horse Press published her first chapbook, Me and Coyote, as part of the New Poets / Short Books series, edited by Marvin Bell.

Photo by Jenny L. Miller

Photo by Jenny L. Miller

Her collection of poems, Hail and Farewell, was honored as Distinguished Dissertation at the end of her doctoral studies in English. While in New York, she taught for and eventually directed the Binghamton Poetry Project, an organization that put free poetry workshops in public schools, libraries, Boys & Girls’ Clubs and veterans’ centers.

In 2015, Abby and her family returned to the Pacific Northwest and she taught writing for three years at the University of Washington Tacoma, where she continues to teach writing for fellows of the Army War College and edit the literary journal Collateral. Recent poems have been published in Rattle, Prairie Schooner and Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump’s America. Her poem “Asking for a Friend” won the Rhino Founder’s Prize in 2018. You can read more of her poems here.

As the spouse of an active duty soldier, she has been especially interested in working with the diverse community of individuals impacted by military service and violent conflict, and she recently began teaching writing workshops at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where her husband is stationed.

When she’s too anxious to write, she bakes.