Devereux Fortuna is a writer, visual artist, and teacher. They received their PhD in Literature and Creative Writing, with an emphasis in Poetry and Poetics, from the University of Houston as a Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Interdisciplinary Fellow. Their creative texts and research explore how strategies of abstraction are theorized and used in vital, innovative works of literature and visual art, especially those at the intersection of text and image. Drawing from the fields of poetics, philosophy, and psychoanalytic theory, their work suggests aesthetic and ethical links between pain-related phenomena and modes of representation.
Fortuna has taught courses and facilitated creative workshops at academic institutions, museums, and community centers, including Coler-Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, Houston Methodist Hospital, the Menil Collection, the Blaffer Art Museum, Rice University Language and Literacy Center, and the University of Houston. Pedagogically committed to interdisciplinarity and process, their courses underscore the significance of community, collaboration, and engaging with a broad range of media.
Fortuna’s poetry, prose, and paintings have been published by literary and fine arts journals; their multimedia work was most recently featured at REELpoetry, a hybrid poetry film festival.