Matt Donovan is the author of two collections of poetry – Vellum (Mariner, 2007) and the chapbook Rapture & the Big Bam (Tupelo Press, forthcoming 2017) – as well as the collection of essays, A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape: Meditations on Ruin and Redemption (Trinity University Press, April 2016). His work has appeared in AGNI, Blackbird, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Threepenny Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He is the recipient of a Rome Prize in Literature, a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Lannan Writing Residency Fellowship, and the Larry Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2016, he received a Creative Capital Grant for the chamber opera Inheritance, which he is currently developing in collaboration with artist Ligia Bouton, soprano Susan Narucki, and composer Lei Liang.