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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gerald Edward Murray  

Pen Name: G. E. Murray

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1945 in Buffalo, New York

Died: 2008 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Gerald Edward Murray on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Murray lived and worked in Chicago from 1971 until his death in 2008.

Biographical and Professional Information

G E Murray had been a poetry critic for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine. He was chair of Pen Midwest and a national board member of Pen America Center.

Murray wrote eight collections of poetry, his last titled "Arts of a Cold Sun" and published by the University of Illinois Press in 2003. He also co-edited, with Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein, "Illinois Voices: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry." Mr. Murray's poetry appeared in nearly 100 literary magazines and were included in more than a dozen anthologies.

Published Works

  • A Mile Called Timothy, Ironwood Press, 1972
  • Holding Fast, Bonewhistle Press, Brown University, 1974
  • Gasoline Dreams, Red Hill Press, 1978
  • Repairs, University of Missouri Press, 1980
  • Walking the Blind Dog, University of Illinois Press, 1992
  • Oils of Evening, Lake Shore Press, 1995

Selected Titles At Your Library

Repairs :
ISBN: 082620290X. OCLC Number:

University of Missouri Press,. Columbia :. 1979.

Walking the blind dog :
ISBN: 0252062310. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. ©1992.

Oils of evening :
ISBN: 0941363368. OCLC Number:

Lake Shore Pub.,. Deerfield, IL :. 1995.


  • Devins Award,
  • Repairs