Born in the Bronx on June 12, 1954, Donald Revell is a graduate of SUNY-Binghamton and SUNY-Buffalo. His first collection of poems, From the Abandoned Cities, was published by Harper & Row in 1983.
Since then, he has published several collections, including The English Boat (Alice James Books, 2018), Drought-Adapted Vine (Alice James Books, 2015), Essay: A Critical Memoir (Omnidawn Publishing, 2015), 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), Beautiful Shirt (Wesleyan University Press, 1994), Erasures (Wesleyan University Press, 1992), New Dark Ages (Wesleyan University Press, 1990), and The Gaza of Winter (University of Georgia Press, 1988).
He has also translated two volumes of the poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire: Alcools (1995) and The Self-Dismembered Man: Selected Later Poems (2004), both from Wesleyan University Press.
Revell's essays have appeared in The Art of Attention: A Poet's Eye (Graywolf Press, 2007) and Invisible Green: Selected Prose (OmniDawn, 2005)
His honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Shestack Prize, the Gertrude Stein Award, the PEN Center USA Award for poetry, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Ingram Merrill and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial foundations.
Editor of Denver Quarterly from 1988-94, Revell has been a poetry editor of Colorado Review since 1996. He has taught at the Universities of Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Alabama, and Denver. Since 1994, he has been a professor of English at the University of Utah, where he serves as director of the creative writing program.
Revell currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife, poet Claudia Keelan, and their son, Benjamin.