Meet Devan Murphy, our Patron Experience Associate
The team at Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is excited to introduce you to our new staff member, Devan Murphy. Devan will be the friendly face at our events working the Box Office and the voice you’ll hear on the phone. Devan will also work with our digital communication through our email marketing and social media.
Tell us about your career so far.
I am a creative writer and illustrator from Northeast Ohio. I received my BA in English from the University of Akron and my MA in English Literature from Ohio University, where I also taught undergraduate English composition and literature for four years before coming to Pittsburgh in 2018.
Prior to joining the team at Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, I worked as a gallery attendant at the Wood Street Galleries downtown, as a cashier at Amazing Books & Records in Squirrel Hill, and, most recently, as a staff writer and editor for wikiHow. I also do occasional freelance copyediting and volunteer work for Autumn House Press, whose books I’m a huge fan of.
Most of my spare time is spent writing and making art myself; my visual art has been shown in galleries throughout the Pittsburgh region, and my chapbook, I’m not I’m not I’m not a baby, a collection of prose poems, short memoir, and abstract comics, is forthcoming from Ethel Press.
What has attracted you to PA&L?
My love for Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures began soon after I arrived in Pittsburgh, when I saw Ilya Kaminsky read at the Carnegie Library. It was one of the first literary events I attended in Pittsburgh, and after that I just wanted to be as immersed as I could in this city’s vibrant arts and literary scenes. I try to go to readings and lectures—with PA&L and at Pittsburgh’s many other literary venues—as often as I can, and I’ve met so many amazing people through these events. I’ve long admired everything PA&L does for the literary community and the community generally, and it’s the type of work I want to be involved in myself.
What are some of your aspirations for this role?
As Patron Experience Associate, I can’t wait to get to know PA&L’s many fans—both the audience members who have been here for years and, hopefully, many new fans as well—and to help create a welcoming environment where we can all enjoy and learn from PA&L’s amazing authors and lecturers. I’m excited to help the team find new ways to expand our audience and further the organization’s mission of facilitating literary engagement and civic discourse in the Pittsburgh community.
What are some of your pastimes?
I spend a lot of time reading, of course, as well as writing and drawing: I’m currently working on a book of illustrated fairytales and a collection of self-erasure poems. Beyond that, I love going to the movies (especially the Manor in Squirrel Hill) and playing with my cat, Buddy.