Biography


  Photograph: Jo Emmerson

Photograph: Jo Emmerson

A. N. Devers is a writer, arts journalist and critic, and rare book dealer based in London. Her first book, Train, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury.

The International Contributing Editor of A Public Space, she has written for The New Yorker, New Republic, Lapham’s Quarterly, Lenny, Los Angeles Times, Longreads, The Paris Review, Prospect, Salon, Slate, Fine Books, and The Washington Post, among other publications.

Devers' piece that originated as a tweet, "This is How a Woman is Erased From Her Job", documented how The Paris Review editor Brigid Hughes was omitted from the magazine's history as its second editor, and led to two New York Times corrections among many other corrections in newspapers, a correction to a staff biography at The New Yorker magazine, and the reinstatement of Hughes's name to the masthead as a former editor of The Paris Review in the Spring 2018 issue.

Her Tin House essay, “On the Outskirts” received a Notable Distinction in The Best American Essays 2011. Her story, "The Unraveling" won second prize in the Italo Calvino Short Fiction Contest judged by Aimee Bender and was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Slice Magazine and was republished online by Electric Literature's Recommended Reading with an introduction by David Gates.

She is the owner of The Second Shelf, a new online and pop-up bookshop of rare books, modern first editions, and rediscovered works by women.

She is obsessed with dead authors’ houses and used to run a popular website devoted to them.

She lives in London for the moment.