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Sean Murphy has been publishing fiction, reviews (music, movie, book, food), and essays on the technology industry for almost twenty years (check him out on NPR, HERE). Visit our News pages for video of his book readings and his ongoing video-casts concerning the interaction of technology and art. He has been quoted in USA TodayThe New York TimesThe Huffington Post and AdAge. He’s been an associate editor of the amazing literary website He blogs at and writes regularly for PopMattersHis work has also appeared in Salon, The Village Voice, The Good Men Project, All About Jazz, AlterNet, Web Del Sol, Elephant Journal, New York Post, Northern Virginia Magazine, among others. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his story “No Tengo a Nadie,” and his poem “Charlie Mingus’s Miracle.”

Murphy served as writer-in-residence at the Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha’s Vineyard. He is Founder and Executive Director of 1455 (; @1455LitArts).  

He studied English at George Mason University and has an MA in Literature. One of his thesis papers dealt with the utopian impulse in ’70s rock which, depending upon one’s perspective, at least partially explains why he opted not to purse that PhD in Cultural Studies. He’s finishing a book on all-things prog rock, inspired by his ongoing series “The Amazing Pudding” at PopMatters. Check out his YouTube page here.

His novel, and Amazon hot new release, Not To Mention A Nice Life was published in June 2015. His best-selling memoir, Please Talk about Me When I’m Gone was published in 2013. The first installments of his collection of non-fiction, Murphy’s Law Vol. One and Murphy’s Law Vol. Two are now available. He is presently at work on another novel. Visit his Amazon page, here.

He’s had the opportunity to speak with some of the more incredible musicians and writers of our time, including: Vernon Reid (Living Colour); Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys); Burning Spear; Aram BajakianSteve Howe (Yes); Jon Madof (Rashanim, Zion80); Sue Mingus (Mingus Big Band); Jenna BlumSteve GoodwinAdrienne MillerCharles Salzberg; and Jane Friedman. Check out the video archives here.

Not to Mention a Nice Life

Amazon Hot New Release! Not To Mention a Nice Life

please talk about me when i'm gone

Best Selling Memoir. Please Talk about Me When I’m Gone










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When I started Sean’s book, I read a section and said to myself, ‘I’m going to email Sean to tell him how amazing that sentence is.’ Then as I read a little further I thought, ‘No, I’m going to email Sean to tell him what an amazing depth of knowledge and perception he’s giving us.’ And then, yes, you got it, on the very next page he wrote something that made me think, ‘His Mom is looking down on Sean with unending love for what he just wrote. This is one amazing book!

– May 27, 2015

Donald R. Gallehr, Director Emeritus, Northern Virginia Writing Project