Welcome to RIVERDEVIN

Thanks for taking a break from your busy day to meet with me down here on the riverbank.

kayak1I designed, developed, and launched this website as a sort of personal refuge for myself. Being a native of Maine I’ve always had a deep connection with the wilder parts of the natural world. When I’m worked up or worn down it’s the deep woods of the forest, the rivers, the streams, the brooks, the lakes, the ponds, the pools (both glacial and tidal), the hills, and the mountains of Maine that I always turn to; my website should bear a reflection of that.

This is not to say that RiverDevin is a nature or travel blog. Nor is it a website specifically about Maine. This is merely my little virtual cabin in the woods where I go to write and share with the world. Articles, poetry, general thoughts and musings, photographs and videos of my adventures: you'll find all of that here.

—Devin McGuire
Anger was washed away in the river along with any obligation.

Ernest Hemingway

A stretch of the Sandy River. South Strong, Maine. —Photo by Devin McGuire

Fresh writings and musings

April 20, 2017

She Slipped Out Sometime in the Night (A Poem)

February 25, 2017

Let’s face it; there is much to gripe about.

Rain is in the forecast. Rivers and streams are set to ice jam. Floods are on the horizon. My nine hundred foot dirt driveway is a […]

About Me

Wrtiter

dreamer...


Hi folks, my name is Devin. I built this website with a specific idea in mind. Prior to its conception I was mired in creative dry spell that had run well beyond a year. It’s hard to call yourself a writer when you’re not actively doing so. I’m sure some rather successful editors might disagree but I also think that it’s cheap to expend your efforts as an editor when you aren’t also in the game of actively writing. This dry spell had been hanging heavily on me so I thought about what others have done. I thought about the writer’s retreat. The problem with the standard writers retreat for me though is that there’s always more people than just one. I prefer the Thoreau method. Solitude. I spend massive amounts of time alone in the woods with no one around. It’s where I find the most peace, the most sanity, and the most inspiration. Because I live in Maine I'm surrounded by all the natural wilderness one could ask for. What I don't have is a good piece of land deep in the woods with a little cabin to call my own,—a personal writers retreat—a place I return to at the end of the day when I want to write. So I thought why not a website with the same vibe and feeling for me? A comfortable quiet place built to inspire me to let it flow. Why not RiverDevin?

I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Maine, Farmington also studying Philosophy while there. I’ve been a poetry editor with Encircle Publications since 2007. As Encircle Publications has endeavored to grow I’ve stepped into multiple roles from marketing to book design and website design, as well as expanding into fiction editing.

Poetry publishing credits include several online and print publications. My articles and reviews have appeared various places including, Mung Being, NYQ Reviews, Publishers Weekly Select, and The Review Review. My first chapbook of poetry, After the Hunt, was published by Encircle Publications in 2013.


I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. —Henry David Thoreau


Quick Fact

Did you know?

32000

Miles


Maine has over 32,000 miles of Rivers and Streams.

My Maine Adventure Videos

From the summit of Blueberry Mt. Weld/Phillips, Maine

Standing in the middle of Temple Stream during the dead of winter.

Cascade Brook Spring snowmelt

From the summit of Bald Mountain, Oquossoc, Maine.

Watch me jump a cliff and ride a waterfall at Smalls Falls. Air temp: 61 degrees. Water temp: Freakin COLD!!