i.m. Timothy Murphy

Timothy Murphy, poetIt was with great sadness that we learned of the death, on June 30, 2018, of Timothy Murphy, whose Very Far North was one of the two poetry collections with which Waywiser made its debut back in 2002. The following obituary appeared in the Fargo Forum shortly afterwards:

Timothy Iver Murphy

Timothy Iver Murphy, 67, of Fargo, ND passed away in his home on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Timothy was born in Hibbing, MN on January 10, 1951. He was raised in Moorhead, MN and attended the Campus School at MSUM. In high school, Tim was active in speech and debate and graduated from Moorhead High School in 1968 as president of his senior class. Tim was an Eagle Scout and member of The Order of the Arrow and worked summers at Camp Wilderness near Park Rapids, MN as a scout craft aide and a commissioner. He attended Yale University and pursued his interest in poetry, undertaking a tutorial with Robert Penn Warren. He was the first undergraduate to be published in The Yale Review in many years. He was named Scholar of the House in Poetry and graduated from Yale with a B.A. in 1972.

Tim then joined his father Vince in the life insurance, pension, and estate planning business, V R Murphy and Sons Inc. He won numerous national sales awards serving as an agent for Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. Tim’s entrepreneurial interests led to his raising equity capital for partnerships in a number of local companies; Timco Farms, Bell Farms, Orchard Glen Development, DakTech, and Bytespeed LLC.

Tim loved hiking, sailing, farming, and hunting with his black labs. All were inspiration for his poetry, which was his great passion in life. His work was recognized with publication in prominent journals, too numerous to name, including Poetry, Quadrant, Hudson Review, New Criterion and Gray’s Sporting Journal. His published books include: The Deed of Gift (1998), Set the Ploughshare Deep (1998), Very Far North (2002), Mortal Stakes; Faint Thunder (2011), Hunter’s Log (2011) and Devotions (2017). He collaborated on a translation of Beowulf (2004) with his long-time partner Alan Sullivan. His final book Last Poems is forthcoming from Dakota Institute Press.

Tim was predeceased by his father, Vincent R. Murphy and by his partner of more than thirty years, Alan Sullivan. He is survived by his mother, Katherine Bye Murphy of Fargo, ND; siblings, Claudia Murphy (John Rowell) Moorhead, MN, Ann Murphy (Mark Rosenzweig) Easton, PA, James Murphy (Meg Nei) Fargo, ND, Mary Murphy (Skip Jones) Minnetonka, MN, Molly Murphy (Greg Rigdon) Philadelphia, PA; nephews, Jesse Jones, Matthew Jones, Sean Gunner, Hugh Rigdon; and niece, Claire Rigdon.

13th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize – Closed


The December 1st deadline for the thirteenth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize has now passed, and the judging process is underway. The contest’s results will be posted on the press’s website – at The Waywiser Press – in March 2018.

This portal will re-open for submissions to the next Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize in August 2018.

i.m. Richard Wilbur

Wilbur,-Richard,-AuthorIt was with great sadness that we learned of Richard Wilbur’s death, at the age of 96,  on Saturday 14th October.

Waywiser’s association with Mr Wilbur began when he agreed to be featured in our Between The Lines series of book-length interviews with contemporary poets, the resulting volume, Richard Wilbur in Conversation with Peter Dale, being published in the summer of 2000. After that, we were honoured to become his principal UK publisher, bringing out paperback editions of Mayflies in 2004, Collected Poems: 1943 – 2004 in 2005, and his last collection, Anterooms, in 2011.

As one of the finest American poets of his generation, a superb essayist, and a truly delightful man, he will be greatly missed. Our condolences go to Mr Wilbur’s family and his many friends.


To read Associated Press’s bulletin, please click on the following link: Richard Wilbur, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, dies at 96

A poem by V. Penelope Pelizzon attracts in-depth study

Dr M.W. Rowe, Honorary Researcher in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia has written an in-depth article about Ms Pelizzon’s poem “Nulla Dies Sine Linea”, which he describes early on as “unshowy, nimble, personal, and expertly crafted,” and concludes, 32 pages later, saying “it could become a minor classic”.

To read the whole of this article, please click on Read Full Review