From Slavery Abolition to Public Education, German Radicals Made American History” in Jacobin, March 2023 ed.

Cori Bush’s Public Transportation Win” in The Nation, February 2023 ed.

“Pruitt-Igoe: A Black Community Under the ‘Atomic Cloud'” in Protean Magazine, December 2022 ed. Syndicated in The Real News and Gizmodo.

Three MOBOT scientists on how warming could affect St. Louis’ flora” in St. Louis Magazine, October 2022 ed.

“Omens and Portents on the Mink Farm” in Chicago Quarterly Review, Spring 2022 ed.

“Cori Bush on Her Green New Deals for Cities” in The Nation, September 2022 ed.

“Mark Twain’s Sympathies Lay With the Working Class” in Jacobin Magazine, September 2022 ed.

“‘Informal History’ founders talk Volume 2 ahead of launch event” in St. Louis Magazine, September 2022 ed.

U.S. Senate candidate Spencer Toder’s campaign is focused on public service, not fundraising. Will it work?” in St. Louis Magazine, July 2022 ed.

“Native Plants Will Save St. Louis, Then the World” in Riverfront Times, June 2022 ed.

“Could Bus Rapid Transit improve public transit in St. Louis?” in St. Louis Magazine, June 2022 ed.

“The Cult of the Veiled Prophet” in Protean Magazine, May 2022 ed.

“A Busch Beer Heir, Once Queen of a Racist Pageant for St Louis Elites, Is Running for Senate” in Jacobin, May 2022 ed.

“The Unhinged TV Show World Wide Magazine Captured St. Louis at Its Wildest” in Riverfront Times, April 2022 ed.

“St. Louis Editor William Reedy Re-Shaped the Literary World” in Riverfront Times, March 2022 ed.

“Fresh Produce, a Beat Battle, Draws Hip-Hop Luminaries” in Riverfront Times, March 2022 ed.

“Midwestern Existentialism, Lobby Boxer Epitomizes the St. Louis DIY Ethos” in Riverfront Times, March 2022 ed.

The Suburbification Of St. Louis Actually Began Downtown” in Riverfront Times, February 2022 ed.

“The Filth Goddess” in The Emerson Review, Spring 2022 ed.

“Remembering the Outlaw in Riverfront Times, January 2022 ed.

“The Prophet’s Bane, How Percy Green’s activism changed St. Louis” in Slate, December 2021 ed.

The Busch Family Brood” in Protean Magazine, September 2021 ed.

“Jon Has No Chill” in do.not.research, Fall 2021 ed.

/lit/” in do.not.research, Fall 2021 ed.

Every July, We Should Celebrate the St Louis Commune” in Jacobin, July 2021 ed.

“Types of Missouri Guy” in Essay Daily, July 2021 ed.

The End of the Veiled Prophet” in The Nation, July 2021 ed.

“Sober-Minded Socialism” in Current Affairs, May 2021 ed.

“Libertarian Rex” in Current Affairs , March/April 2021 ed.

“St. Roch’s Dog” in CHEAP POP, August 2020 ed.

“The Rot Of The St. Louis Elite Goes Far Deeper Than The ‘Gun Couple'” in Current Affairs, July 2020 ed.

“Rocket Worship” in Thin Air Magazine, July 2020 ed.

“William Gass – St. Louis” in The New Territory‘s Literary Landscapes feature, Summer 2020 ed.

“Socialism 2020” commissioned by The Outline.

“Trillion-Dollar Guillotine” in Boulevard, Spring 2020 ed.

“The Death of a Verizon Wireless Executive” in Paterson Literary Review, Spring 2020 ed.

“A Face In Every Mountain and a Soul in Every Stone” in Headway Quarterly, Winter 2020 ed.

“Decoding the Veiled Prophet” in Belt Publishing’s St. Louis Essays Anthology, Spring 2019

“Some Objects May Appear Larger” in Midwestern Gothic, Summer 2017 ed. Reprint in fresh.ink, Winter 2020 ed.

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Conferences & Presentations

“Cloud Cover” on the TrueAnon podcast, Winter 2022.

“The Busch Family” on the TrueAnon podcast, Fall 2021.

“‘Libertarian Rex’ Digs Deep Into Sinquefield’s Political Ambitions — And Failures” on NPR, Spring 2021.

“Ep. 2: Libertarian Fantasies, Chess Mania and Chicken Salad Sandwiches w/ Devin O’Shea” on the Dynamics Of podcast, Spring 2021.

“The Veiled Prophet” on The Opperman Report radio show, Winter 2021.

“Shoot Me In St. Louis” on the TrueAnon podcast, Summer 2020.

“Civil Rights Activist Percy Green And Writer Devin Thomas O’Shea On All Things Veiled Prophet” on NPR, Summer 2019.

“The Confidence Man” NU Graduate Research Conference, lecture. Northwestern University, Evanston IL, 2019.

“No Such Thing As Truth” NU Graduate Research Conference, lecture. Northwestern University, Evanston IL, 2018.

“Boathouse” Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, short story reading. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Milwaukee WI, 2018.

“On Humor” Northwestern Summer Writers Conference, lecture. Northwestern University, Evanston IL, 2018

“Buffering and Digital Media in the Art Novel” NU Graduate Research Conference, lecture. Northwestern University, Evanston IL, 2016.

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing August 2018

Northwestern University, Emphasis in Fiction

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration May 2012

University of Missouri at Columbia, Minor in Psychology

  • Contributor to The Odyssey – monthly campus publication

Honors & Awards

2022 Regional Arts Commission Grant

University of Missouri, Robert M. Maupin Scholarship, 2012

Pauline J. Coop Graduate Literature Scholarship Award, 2016


Northwestern University – Intro to Creative Writing – OLLI Current

K-3 Columbia Missouri Public Schools – Semester Class Spring 2012

Northwestern Mini-Course Instructor Spring 2016

Six week Norris Center course on Creative Writing – Fiction

Professional Service

Northwestern Critical Theory Cluster Affiliate 2015 – 2019

  • Independent group study focused on Fredric Jameson, Bakhtin, and Benjamin.

Reading Editor at Tri-Quarterly Literary Journal 2015 – 2019

American Book Review Contributor 2016 – present

Curriculum Vitae available upon request.

Matt O’Shea Photography