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We the Dead: Preserving Data at the End of the World (University of North Carolina Press, 2022), also available on Kindle and Audible.

Co-editor, with Kris Paulsen, Afterlives of Data, a special issue of Media-N (October 2022)

 

Selected Publications:

"Panic at the Library," Lapham's Quarterly, August 2022

"Data Storage is Reaching the Limits of Physics," Wall Street Journal, August 2022

“Hoverboards in the Mirrorverse: A Conversation with Asad J. Malik,” Afterlives of Data special issue, Media-N (forthcoming, 2022)

“The Bettmann Morgue: Cold Storage, Digitization, and Archives of Racial Violence," in The Expanded Field of Conservation, edited by Caroline Fowler and Alexander Nagel, (forthcoming, Clark Art Institute/Yale University Press, 2022)

"Now Playing" (short story), liner notes for Spectacular Diagnostics, Ancient Methods (Amsterdam: Rucksack Records, 2021)

"The Future of Boys," Fairy Tale Review, 2020 (nominated for Best New Poets 2020)

"Downtime" and "Dead, for the Second Time," JuxtaProse, Spring 2019

Finalist, Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, Plaster of Paris, 2019

"Of Weapons," Mississippi Review, Winter 2019 (nominated for Best New Poets 2019)

KR Conversations Interview, Kenyon Review Online, October 2018

 

"The Memory of Teeth," Kenyon Review, Sept/Oct 2018

 

"Plaster of Paris," Narrative, June 2018, *Poem of the Week

“Love, A Hungry Gun,” Waxwing, October 2017

“Charlottesville Fabulous,” Kenyon Review Blog, August 23, 2017

 

“Touchscreen Headstone: Speculations on the Digital Afterlife,” Kenyon Review Blog, June 5, 2017

 

“Retirement for Ghosts,” Kweli Journal, October 2016

 

“L’immagine digitale nel bunker,” Italian translation of “Bomb-proofing the Digital Image: An Archaeology of Media Preservation Infrastructure,” Ácoma: Rivista internationazionale di Studi Nordamericani, Issue on Archivi: storie, teorie, pratiche. Translated by Erminio Corti. Spring/Summer 2016

                              

“Bipolaria,” Queen Mob’s Tea House. Special Issue: New Planets :: New Worlds, edited by Rosebud Ben-Oni. May 2016

                   

“Why The Klan Branded a White Pastor,” Kenyon Review Blog, March 8, 2016

 

“Kanye West’s New Slave Daguerreotypes,” Kenyon Review Blog, January 31, 2016

“Bomb-proofing the Digital Image: An Archaeology of Media Preservation Infrastructure,” invited article for peer-reviewed journal Media-N, special issue on “Art & Networks: Revealing, Critiquing and Composing Global Infrastructures--Part I: Hardware,” Edited by Meredith Hoy and Kris Paulsen, Spring 2014

“Plexiform Neurofibromas,” CHEST: Official Publication of the American College of Chest Physicians, Vol 144, No. 2, August 2013

Press Coverage/Interviews:

"Could New Storage Techniques Preserve the World’s Plethora of Data?" Wall Street Journal Tech News Brief Podcast, August 2022

"Murphy helps establish creative retreat for BIPOC writers," Bennington College News, June 16, 2022

"Local author creates creative retreat for BIPOC writers," Bennington Banner, June 8, 2022

“The Glorious Comeback of Northwest Review” by Steve Duin, The Oregonian, April 2022

"New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Nov. 26," NPR, November 26, 2021

"Spring Forward," Inside Higher Ed, November 12, 2021.

"Premiere: New Music from Spectacular Diagnostics with 5 Spectacular Influences," Bonafide Magazine, November 1, 2021

​"Murphy Receives NEH Summer Stipend," Bennington College News, May 1, 2020

"When Is This? Brian Michael Murphy on Media Archaeology and Preservation," In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing Podcast, The Clark Art Institute, interview by Caitlin Woolsey, March 2021.

"Ideas Take Center Stage at ArtsRiot this Fall," Seven Days, November 17, 2016

 

Before becoming a professor, Murphy co-produced and released to two hip hop albums, Black Fire and Manifest Destiny. He shared the stage and collaborated with a number of amazing musicians, including Johnny Kengla, Seth Earnest, Manny Quintero, Mark Stepro, Blueprint, Zero Star, Johnny Julca and Dav Julca (now known as the Grammy-winning duo XAXO), not to mention his favorite DJ in the entire galaxy, DJ Pos2! Click the images below to listen.