Matt Donovan is the author of three books of poetry: The Dug-Up Gun Museum (BOA Editions, 2022); Rapture & the Big Bam (Tupelo Press, 2017); and Vellum (Mariner, 2007). He is also the author of the nonfiction collection of lyric essays A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape: Meditations on Ruin and Redemption (Trinity University Press, 2016). He is currently collaborating on Inheritance, a chamber opera about the life of Sarah Winchester and the history of gun violence in the United States.
Donovan is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a Rome Prize in Literature, a Pushcart Prize, a Creative Capital Grant, an NEA Fellowship in Literature, a Lannan Writing Residency Fellowship, and the Larry Levis Reading Prize.
Donovan is the professor of practice in English language and literature and the director of the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.