Hannah Carr-Murphy is a flutist, poet, and arts administrator from Black Hawk County, Iowa. In 2016 Hannah graduated from University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Music in performance and a Bachelor of Arts in English, with an emphasis in creative writing. In January 2018, Hannah received a Master of Arts in Community Music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance within the University of Limerick. Her masters research was a combined qualitative and quantitative study examining the participation rates of girls in high school jazz bands in Iowa.
During her undergraduate career, Hannah studied flute with Dr. Angeleita S. Floyd, winner of the NFA Distinguished Service Award, and Dr. Nicole Molumby, Professor of Flute at Boise State University. Hannah has performed in masterclasses on the piccolo with composers Lowell Liebermann and Blaž Pucihar. In 2012, she won the Karl L. King Solo Competition with her performance of Vivaldi’s concerto RV 443 on piccolo. Hannah also toured for two years with Celebration Iowa as a singer/dancer and performed locally in municipal bands throughout her undergraduate career. While in Ireland, she played as a pit musician for local theater and sang backup for Limerick-based songwriting performer Emma Langford.
Hannah’s poetry has appeared in Common Ground Review, Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, and ADANNA as well as undergraduate journals Albion Review, inner weather, and The Quaker. Her poem “Verses for my Ex-Girlfriend” was recently published in the collection Exs by Final Thursday Press. Hannah’s poem “Scivias” appears in Double Kiss: Contemporary Poets on the Art of Billiards, an anthology from Mammoth Books. Her first chapbook was published by Quick & Dirty Press in October 2015. Her next publication will be in an anthology from Alternating Current Press.
At North American Review, Hannah worked as editorial assistant and production coordinator on the literary magazine and as interior text designer for NAR Press. In the summer of 2015, she worked on the editorial team for sparkhouse, an imprint of Augsburg Fortress Publishing (now named 1517 media). For the 2016-2017 school year, Hannah worked as Design Editor for University of Limerick’s student newspaper An Focal, which was shortlisted in the category of Layout/Design for 2017’s SMEDIAs.
Since December 2017, Hannah has been working at the Center for Irish Music in St. Paul, Minnesota as Registration Coordinator and Administrative Associate.