A. N. Devers is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her work has appeared in Bust, Departures, Slice, The Southampton Review, Time Out, Tin House, The Washington Post and online at Electric Literature, Lapham’s Quarterly, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review, among other publications. Her Tin House essay, “On the Outskirts” received a Notable Distinction in The Best American Essays 2011. Her story, "The Unraveling" won second prize in the Italo Calvino Short Fiction Contest judged by Aimee Bender and was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Slice Magazine and then republished online by Electric Literature's Recommended Reading with a recommendation from David Gates.
She has edited fiction at A Public Space and PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers. A long time ago she copy-edited Frommer’s travel guides to make rent.
She has taught a range of English literature and creative writing courses at Adelphi University, is on the faculty of the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and teaches weekend courses at The Mark Twain House and Museum.
She has lectured at The Emily Dickinson Museum, Stony Brook Southampton’s Writers Speak Wednesdays, and in October will present a lecture about Edgar Allan Poe’s many funerals at The Morbid Anatomy Museum. She is also leading an Edgar Allan Poe-focused reading group in Fall 2014 at The Center for Fiction.
In 2010 she created Writers’ Houses, a website that provides a searchable index of visitable writers’ houses around the world as well as essays dedicated to literary pilgrimage. The website has been widely lauded, and will soon be re-launched and incorporated as the non-profit The Literary Landmarks Project. She received her MFA in Fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars in June 2008 and graduated with a double major in English Literature and Interdisciplinary Archaeological Studies from The University of Virginia in 1999.
Before pursuing her MFA, Devers was a nonprofit communications, development, and marketing professional with a decade of experience in literary and environmental organizations and museums. She has also written successful NEA grants for A Public Space and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Her last position was Communications Director at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum where, in addition to the museum’s regular communications needs she led a full redesign of the museum’s brand identity and website (chosen by Forbes as “Best of the Web”) and was responsible for publicly launching the museum’s $70 million redesign by internationally-acclaimed architect Rafael Viñoly.
In a previous life, Devers worked as a freelance archaeologist. She lived in a tent and helped teach field students how to dig at St. Cloud State University as well as working on various digs with the Minnesota Historical Society. She also worked at Monticello where she was part of an archaeological survey team and helped excavate Thomas Jefferson’s stairs.
She is currently writing a book about Edgar Allan Poe as well as book about writers’ houses, and working toward bringing a quarterly book magazine into existence. She coordinates publicity for Community Bookstore.
She is a new mom and motherhood has blown up her world into starry particles. She lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn, NY and sometimes, Asbury Park, NJ.