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Challenges for the Delusional
Peter Murphy's Prompts and the Poems They Inspired

Contributors include: Dunn, Graber, Laux, Richardson & more

Jane Street Press, 1st Edition
   Edited by Christine Malvasi
   Foreword by Stephen Dunn 

$14, Available from Jane Street Press and Amazon


Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

Learn more about the writers' conference that inspired the book

Book Description

Peter Murphy's Prompts and the Poems They Inspired
Challenges for the Delusional compiles a selection of Peter Murphy's infamous and eccentric poetry-writing prompts. For 19 years he's shared these prompts at his writers' conference, the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, and this collection features a sampling of the many diverse and wonderful poems that they've inspired. Contributors include: Stephen Dunn, Kathleen Graber, Dorianne Laux, James Richardson and more.

From the Foreword by Stephen Dunn
"Peter's approach to teaching poetry writing is unique and uniquely effective…. [his] quirky prompts have given way to poems that range from humorous to serious, from affectionate to nostalgic. They'll take their place among the workshops, panels, good meals and late night dancing—the pleasures that abound at the Getaway."

Featuring Poems By

Svea Barrett  -  Laure-Anne Bosselaar  -  Shirley J. Brewer  -  Michael Broek
Kathleen Corcoran  -  Jin Ho Cordaro  -  Barbara Daniels  -  Emari DiGiorgio
Catherine Doty  -  Karen Zaborowski Duffy  -  Stephen Dunn  -  R. G. Evans
Laura Anne Freedgood  -  Diana Goetsch  -  Jan Goldman  -  Kathleen Graber
Mary Olmsted Greene  -  Ona Gritz  -  Lois Marie Harrod  -  Shawn Regina Jones
Dorianne Laux  -  Marcia LeBeau  -  Laura McCullough  -  Benjamin Paloff
Wanda S. Praisner  -  James Richardson  -  Cindy Savett  -  J. C. Todd  -  Pat Valdata
Donna Vorreyer  -  Paul-Victor Winters  -  David W. Worrell  -  P. Ivan Young

Sample Writing Prompt

Try one of Peter's infamous and eccentric prompts.

Special Events

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

Supportive. Energizing. Inspiring.
January 15-18, 2016 Atlantic City, NJ area
Special Guests: Stephen Dunn & Thomas Lux

Wish you had more time to write? Treat yourself to a writing getaway to advance your craft and energize your writing. Enjoy challenging and supportive workshops, insightful feedback and an encouraging community. Choose from fiction, nonfiction, memoir, screenwriting and poetry. Sign up for our email list to be notified when registration opens.

Challenges for the Delusional
Poetry Readings

No readings for the anthology are currently scheduled.

Past Readings

  • January 18, 2013 - Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, Galloway, NJ
  • October 25, 2012 - Moonstone Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • September 22, 2012 - Village Learning Place, Baltimore, MD
  • September 12, 2012 - Poets Wednesday Series, Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge, NJ
  • March 7, 2012 - Stockton University, Galloway, NJ

Product Details

Paperback: 106 pages
Publisher: Jane Street Press, 1st Edition (January 15, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0-9723943-8-3

Edited by Christine Malvasi and assisted by Stephanie Cawley
   Foreword by Stephen Dunn
   Illustrations by David Sipress and cover art by Melissa Szalkowski

Supplementary Packet

Click below for an extended version of the appendix that appears in the book.
    ●  Supplementary Material*
    ●  Supplementary Postcards* (Large file - download may take a few minutes)

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Testimonials About Peter's Prompts

"I have been to 11 Getaways and 17 of the poems I drafted there have been published! If you ever get discouraged and wonder why you are looking up obscure quotations or packing up boxes of postcards, I can tell you that your goofy prompts/ variations/ challenges for the delusional really work. 17 poems I would not have written if not for you, Peter. Thank you for helping me become a poet."     ~ Pat, Elkton, MD  -  More Testimonials

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