Matt Donovan Brief Biography


Matt Donovan received his MA from Lancaster University and his MFA from New York University where he attended as a New York Times Fellow.


He is the author of two collections of poetry – Vellum (Mariner, 2007) and the chapbook Ten Burnt Lakes (Tupelo Press, forthcoming 2017) – as well as the collection of essays, A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape: Meditations on Ruin and Redemption (Trinity Press, April 2016). 


Vellum (Mariner, 2007) won the 2006 Bakeless Prize in Poetry as well as the 2008 Larry Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including AGNI, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, and Poetry, and his nonfiction has appeared in journals such as AGNI, Blackbird, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, Seneca Review, Threepenny Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review.


Donovan is the recipient of a Rome Prize in Literature, a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Breadloaf Fellowship in poetry, and a Lannan Writing Residency Fellowship. His work has been acclaimed in The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times Sunday Book Review.


Currently, he is collaborating on a chamber opera with the artist Ligia Bouton, composer Lei Liang, and soprano Susan Narucki. Donovan teaches in the Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.