Thomas Devaney

2014 Pew Fellow

1/5: Thomas Devaney, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
2/5: Thomas Devaney. Photo by David Kelley.
3/5: Thomas Devaney. Photo by Zoe Strauss.
4/5: Cover of Thomas Devaney’s Calamity Jane (Furniture Press, 2014).
5/5: Cover of The Picture that Remains by Thomas Devaney and Will Brown (The Print Center, 2014).

“I go to poetry to experience more of the world.”

Thomas Devaney (b. 1969) considers poetry an act of exploration. His work is a lyric evocation of, and meditation upon, remembered people, places, his native city of Philadelphia, and the passage of time. A former musician, he writes for the ear as well as the eye. “I am a poet today because of music,” Devaney says. He also collaborates with visual artists: “Poems that engage the visual and the musical show us how words—at their most dynamic—can help us see, feel, connect, question, and dream.” Devaney received his M.F.A. in creative writing at Brooklyn College, CUNY in 1998, and he is a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College. He has published one nonfiction book, Letters to Ernesto Neto (Germ Folio, 2004), and four poetry collections, including The Picture That Remains (The Print Center, 2014, in collaboration with photographer Will Brown), and the recently released Calamity Jane (Furniture Press, 2014).

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Grants & Grantees

In 1993 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 13 dance organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

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Raphael Xavier (Pew Fellow, 2013) has practiced “breaking,” an acrobatic street dance style commonly known as breakdancing, since 1983.

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Richard Torchia is a visual artist and a 1994 Pew Fellow, and the director of the Arcadia University Art Gallery.

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Marian X is a playwright and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

André Kimo Stone Guess is an internationally respected leader with more than two decades of combined experience in arts management, finance, and nonprofit executive leadership.

Pew Fellow and visual artist Benjamin Volta leads an artmaking workshop as part of Historic Germantown’s ongoing Center-funded project Elephants on the Avenue.

Grants & Grantees

In 1998 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 52 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Lane Czaplinski is the artistic director of Seattle’s On the Boards, founded in 1978 to introduce audiences to international innovators in contemporary dance, theater, and music.

Pew Fellow and visual artist Tiona McClodden on creating work inspired by her lived experiences, why “honesty is perfection,” and more.

Meg Foley presents an exhibition of improvisational research and performance documenting up to 750 dances, which Foley performs on a daily basis at 3:15pm.

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From its beginning in 1815 as the nation’s first major urban water supply system to its role today as an environmental education and outreach center, the Fund for the Water Works has been an innovator in clean water and environmental health.

The Association for Public Art developed an interactive audio tour to interpret Philadelphia’s vast collection of public sculptures.