Black and white photo of Devon Whyte.

Devon Whyte

From the 1998 Jack Straw Writers Anthology: “I was born on the island of Antigua, in the British West Indies. My family then immigrated to the United States twenty years ago. I have since lived in four states, making my home currently in Seattle, for the  past three years. As a resident of the Belltown Neighborhood, I live, work, and play in Seattle’s downtown. As for my fiction, the book I’m working on (Purple Princess) focuses on the African American community in Seattle. It’s about the arrival of African Americans in Seattle who came here because there were opportunities and also the racism and other attitudes were not as set in the culture. You can see that a lot of the African American experiences of Seattle has grown out of this energy and hope of the first entry of pioneers into the Pacific Northwest – it is that pioneer spirit.”

1998 Writers Program