Rhodes Murphy is Books Forward’s resident academic. With two degrees in English (a master’s and bachelor’s), Rhodes approaches subjects through the eyes of a cultural critic and archivist, with particular interest in ideas of selfhood expressed in literature. But Rhodes doesn’t just spend his spare time unpacking dense texts––he was also the frontman for the performance Art Punk band “Babes” and has written for both national and local publications with a particular focus on covering the LGBTQ community. While at Tulane pursuing his master’s, he helped organized the university’s archive of Gay Mardi Gras in his hometown of New Orleans.
Despite his own journalistic tendencies, Rhodes gravitates toward fiction in his spare time. Like his Books Forward colleagues, Rhodes is driven by a passion to help marginalized voices be heard. Fun fact: Julia Child is his second cousin.