Matt Donovan (poet)

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Matt Donovan (born Ohio) is an American poet and nonfiction writer. A native of Hudson, Ohio, Donovan graduated from Vassar College with a BA, from Lancaster University with an MA, and from New York University with an MFA. He teaches at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.[1]

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 University Press, 2016). His work appeared in AGNI,[2] Blackbird,[3] Poetry,[4] The Kenyon Review,[5] The Gettysburg Review,[6] The Threepenny Review,[7] and The Virginia Quarterly Review,[8] among others literary journals.

He is the recipient of a Rome Prize in Literature, a Whiting Award [9] a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, a Lannan Writing Residency Fellowship, the Larry Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Creative Capital award.[10][11]

He is currently collaborating on the chamber opera "Inheritance" with artist Ligia Bouton, soprano Susan Narucki, and composer Lei Liang.[1]



  • Vellum. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2007. ISBN 978-0-618-82212-6.
  • A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape: Meditations on Ruin and Redemption. Trinity University Press. 2016.
  • Ten Burnt Lakes. Tupelo Press. Forthcoming 2017.



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