DEVIN DEVINE
 
 

Devin Devine

POET 

 
 
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is it poetry, if she swears so much?

Devin Devine is a spokane, washington, based poet and graduate from Gonzaga University with a degree in Creative Writing and theatre performance.

She has been performing slam poetry since 2013, and represented Spokane at the National Poetry Slam in 2015 & 2017.

She DOES NOT REALLY CARE if you think what she writes & PERFORMS is poetry, but is willing to expand your definition and preconceptions of of poetry, poetics, and storytelling.
 




 

 

 

 

 

 






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Devin's poetry covers many topics from mental health & illness, how she encounters sobriety & the rigorous honesty of being a recovering alcoholic, sex positivity, sex work, intersectional feminism, shitty exes, being dumb & forever in love, bisexuality/queerness, the tender mess of healing, & reclaiming personhood after trauma. 

A firm believer in the spoken word, the meeting place of written word and performance, Devin never realized her love of writing poetry and theatre could coincide and even offer her more and more opportunities. 

Before Gonzaga University, Devin had only written a handful of poems before then, mostly awful love poems, and a smattering of long gone diary laments. With much thanks to writing professor Dr. Tod Marshall (Washington State Poet Laureate 2016-2018) Devin found her home in spoken word after reading at weekly poetry open mic Broken Mic in September of 2013. It's been five years and she can't wait to see what the next five years have to offer.

  Win & You're In, Boise 2018

Win & You're In, Boise 2018

 

"Devin Devine’s poetry is moving, witty, and so so visceral. She is full of an energy that’s contagious to an audience—they laugh, they cry, they cheer, they want to be just as full of life as Devin is. She’s a joy to watch on stage, and to talk to after the show. Any venue would be so lucky to have her as a featured performer."

/  Lydia Havens, Boise Poetry SLam  /

 
 

Experience

 

NAtional Poetry SLAM | Spokane REPRESENTATIVE
2015, 2017, & 2018

BROKEN MIC HOST |
spokane weekly poetry open mic
2015-2016


Spokane Poetry Slam | COMMISSIONER, SOcial Media & event coordinator
2017 - Present
 

INDIVIDUAL world poetry slam | storm poet
2017

Spokane Grand Slam | FInAlist
2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018
 

Women of the world Poetry Slam | Regionally QUALIFYING POET
2017 (Portland)
& 2018 (Spokane)

Rustbelt Poetry slam |
Team Competitor
2017

 

 

COMEDIAN

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It all started when…

Devin showed up at open mic, Guffaw Yourself, a weekly comedy open mic here in Spokane - to impress a guy. And she did a decent job, two years later she managed to convince him to get married and has now performed stand up in multitudes of venues in Washington, Spokane, and the Coeur d'Alene area. 

Her comedic background started at age thirteen, as a new kid at the middle school, she and her friends would play improv games at recess. At fifteen, Devin and her best friend started an improv troupe at their high school where they performed monthly shows and even attended state competitions. 

While a student a Gonzaga University, Devin continued to perform improv with Gonzaga University Theatre Sports. She would teach workshops and perform in monthly shows for three years. 

From 2012-2015 Devin performed with Spokane improv theatre, The Blue Door Theatre, performing anywhere from two to three shows a weekend. 

In February 2016, Devin finally got on the mic to do stand up and hasn't looked back. She's hosted and performed in shows at Ridler's Piano Bar, the Spokane Comedy Club, and even at the Tinnabulation Music Festival. 

Her comedy focuses on living in a female body in a male-centric world, sex positivity, sex work, marriage, past relationships, growing up poor, mental health, sobriety, and so much more.