Poet Timothy Murphy was born in Hibbing, Minnesota, and graduated from Yale University, where he participated in the Scholar of the House program. He is a partner in a large-scale hog farm and a businessperson. His books include the poetry collections The Deed of Gift (1998) and Very Far North (2002) and a memoir, Set the Ploughshare Deep: A Prairie Memoir (2000). He has also translated Beowulf. Though hunting and farming are essential subjects for his writing, myths and legends influence his work as well.
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