Murphy Anne Carter is an Operations Aide for Casa Marianella, a shelter for asylum seekers in Austin, Texas. After years of teaching creative writing at Travis County Correctional Complex and serving as executive director of Freehand Arts Project, Murphy also works as an Oral History Interviewer and Project Coordinator for the Texas After Violence Project's latest project, Sheltering Justice.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Murphy moved to New York as a member of New York City Teaching Fellows and taught AP Literature and Composition and creative writing classes at a Title-1 high school in Hell’s Kitchen. She returned to Austin and began organizing writing classes at the county jail, in addition to poetry workshops from visiting poets, Eileen Myles, Ebony Stewart, Morgan Parker, and Derrick Brown. Having taught nearly every age, from PreK to the elderly, Murphy believes in community storytelling, narrative power, and memory work as transformative, abolitionist tools for both the personal and political. She recently graduated from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and continues to pursue social justice in federal, state, and local carceral systems. Murphy loves bad jokes, Barton Springs, Julio Cortázar, Bill Withers, and walking her dog, Mos (Def).