Revell has won numerous honors and awards for his work, beginning with his first book, From the Abandoned Cities, which was a National Poetry Series winner. More recently, he won the 2004 Lenore Marshall Award and is a two-time winner of the PEN Center USA Award in poetry. He has also received the Gertrude Stein Award, two Shestack Prizes, two Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as from the Ingram Merrill and Guggenheim Foundations. His most recent book is Drought-Adapted Vine (Alice James Books, 2015). He also recently published his translation of Arthur Rimbaud's A Season in Hell (Omnidawn Publishing, 2007).
Revell has taught at the Universities of Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Alabama, Colorado, and Utah. He currently teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, poet Claudia Keelan, and their children. In addition to his writing, translating, and teaching, Revell was Editor of Denver Quarterly from 1988–94, and has been a poetry editor of Colorado Review since 1996.
Honors and awards
- 2017 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame
- 2008 NEA Translation Award
- 2005 Silver Pen Award
- 2005 LA Times Book Prize in Poetry Finalist for Pennyweight Windows
- 2005 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
- 2004 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for My Mojave
- 2003 PEN Center USA Award for Poetry
- 1992 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry
- 1991 PEN Center USA Award for Poetry
- 1988 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
- 1985 Pushcart Prize
- Drought-Adapted Vine (Alice James Books, 2015)
- Tantivy (Alice James Books, 2012)
- The Bitter Withy (Alice James Books, 2009)
- A Thief of Strings (Alice James Books, 2007)
- Pennyweight Windows: New And Selected Poems (Alice James Books, 2005)
- My Mojave (Alice James Books, 2003)
- Arcady (Wesleyan University Press, 2002)
- There Are Three (Wesleyan University Press, 1998)
- Real Southern BBQ - How To Roast A Pig And Five Chickens Without A Fire (Wesleyan University Press, 1996)
- Beautiful Shirt (Wesleyan University Press, 1994)
- Erasures' * There Are Three (Wesleyan University Press, 1992)
- New Dark Ages * There Are Three (Wesleyan University Press, 1990)
- The Ghaza of Winter * There Are Three (University of Georgia Press, 1988)
- From the Abandoned Cities (Harper & Row Publishers, 1983)
- A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud (Omnidawn, 2007)
- The Self-Dismembered Man: Selected Later Poems of Guillaume Apollinaire (Wesleyan University Press, 2004)
- Alcools: Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire (Wesleyan University Press, 1995)
- The Art of Attention: A Poet's Eye (Graywolf Press, 2007)
- Invisible Green: Selected Prose (Omnidawn, 2005)
- Scholium (Poetry, May 2015)(copyright pending)
In a retrospective review of Revell's work written by Stephen Burt for The Nation, he comments on Pennyweight Windows: New & Selected Poems:
Revell now seeks a poetry appropriate not only to loneliness but to anger and happiness, not only to freighted symbols but to facts, not only to doubt but to faith. What's more, he seems to have found what he seeks.
In TIME Magazine, Lev Grossman wrote about Pennywight Windows:
it takes guts to write more poems about peace, war, God and children, but Revell's are so fresh, it's as if he's the first person ever to do it. He makes you feel how painfully near grace and redemption are at all times, and yet how unattainable."
There is a theme here and in other reviews of Revell's recent books. Stephen Burts opens his review with a comment about how much Revell's work has changed in twenty years, noting the stylistic evolution, and the increasingly spiritual focus of Revell's work, which Grossman observes in his, and which Revell corroborates in an interview by Poets & Writers: "What's next for me? I am concerned with the governance of heaven, which is mostly silence. Living in Utah and Nevada, I take my current instruction from snow and sand. They are heavenly forms-substantial and effortless. May poems be so."
- UNLV - English Department Faculty
- Academy of American Poets > 2004 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize Announcement Archived May 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Alice James Books > The Bitter Withy > Donald Revell Author Page[permanent dead link]
- The Nation > The Revell Variations > by Stephen Burt > 04/24/03
- TIME > 7 Books Of Poetry Worth Curling Up With > By LEV GROSSMAN > Sunday, Jul. 10, 2005
- Poets & Writers > An Interview With Poet Donald Revell > By Nick Twemlow > 04/05/02