Welcome to RIVERDEVIN
Anger was washed away in the river along with any obligation.
A stretch of the Sandy River. South Strong, Maine. —Photo by Devin McGuire
Fresh writings and musings
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