Devin Devine’s debut collection DRINKING TO SAINTHOOD is an unwavering portrayal of addiction, both the funeral and the wake. Drinking to Sainthood confronts the narrative of two addicts careening into love, the crumbling of a whiskey-brined marriage, and ultimately the loss of Devine's estranged husband to suicide. This collection is a labyrinth to Devine’s sobriety, from journal entry to the hospital stay. This book is a biblical reconciliation of grief, a willingness to offer mercy, and an invocation to forgive oneself.
"Drinking to Sainthood is a lifeline for those of us that have survived rock bottom and homage to those that didn't. A profound and cautious study in mourning, self-preservation, and the lengths our hearts will take us to love our kin and ourselves, no matter the cost." —Desireé Dallagiacomo, author of Sink
"We aren't always ready for what we need. This collection of poems is a tire iron hidden under a blanket of apologies and wishes. It is a model for fearless writing. It is a clear reminder that it is not a total loss to be totally filled with loss." —Derrick C. Brown, author of How the Body Works in the Dark
Poetry. Hybrid. LGBTQ+ Studies. Women's Studies.
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Devin Devine is a Portland, Oregon, based poet and graduate from Gonzaga University with a degree in Creative Writing and theatre performance. Devin has been performing slam poetry since 2013, and represented Spokane, Washington, at the National Poetry Slam in 2015, 2017, and 2018. An internationally touring performer Devin has performed poetry across North America from Washington to Texas to Toronto to Massachusetts and nearly every gas station in between. They have performed at bars, cafes, colleges, living rooms, backyards, in big cities and small towns, all while pursuing an expanded definition of poetics and storytelling.