Dr. Devon Boan
Devon Boan is Professor of Honors and Coordinator of The Artist's Studio. He has earned degrees in American Literature, Religion and Culture, and Creative Writing. He has been an editor, a prizewinning playwright, a sportswriter, a columnist, and, after brief careers in the ministry and with a research firm, has taught sociology, literature, creative writing, and interdisciplinary studies at three different universities. He joined the faculty at Belmont in 1996.
His interests and expertise are in 20th Century American culture, narrative structure, and literary storytelling. His play, Darkroom, the story of an African-American photojournalist struggling with a success he has enjoyed while passing as a white man, was a finalist at FutureFest, a new play festival in Dayton, Ohio, and was the featured event at a Multicultural Symposium at Midlands Tech in Columbia, South Carolina. His play No Man Knoweth His Sepulchre, about a man having trouble committing suicide in a subway station while being pestered by a strange homeless man, won a best play award at Gardner-Webb University and has been featured by several theater companies. In 2002, he wrote The Black "I": Author and Audience in African American Literature, which proposes a reading of African-American novels and drama rooted in an author's intended message for his racially-aware audience.
Devon's latest project is a novel, Democracity, about a southern boy who travels to 1939 New York City to attend college and, in the process of befriending a German theology student agonizing over returning home to face the Nazis, finds himself entwined with one of New York's most celebrated and bewildering social circles.
Devon is a native of North Carolina and has lived in Fort Worth, Louisville, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Shelby (NC), Columbia (SC), and since 1996 in Franklin, just south of Nashville.
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