Gerry Murphy was born in Cork in 1952. He was schooled lengthily at North Monastery and briefly at University College Cork.
His first collection, A Small Fat Boy Walking Backwards, was published by Commons Press in 1985 and re-issued in 1992 by Three Spires Press. His further publications include Rio De La Plata, Dedalus Press 1993; The Empty Quarter, Dedalus Press 1995; Extracts from The Lost Log-Book of Christopher Columbus, Dedalus Press 1999; Torso of an Ex-Girlfriend, Dedalus Press 2002; End of Part One, New & Selected Poems, Dedalus Press 2006; My Flirtation with International Socialism, Dedalus Press 2010; and My Life as a Stalinist, Southword Editions 2018. Pocket Apocalypse was translated from the Polish of Katarzyna Borun, Southword Editions 2005.
His works have been translated into French, Spanish, Flemish, Hindi, Chinese, Ukrainian, Macedonian, German and Italian.
His seventh collection, Muse, was published by Dedalus in 2015.