His poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, diode, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Copper Nickel, and many other journals, as well as in a number of anthologies, including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia (University of Virginia Press). Among other awards for his writing, he's the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award from New England Writers (judged by poet Rosanna Warren), grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and fellowships from the Ucross Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Donovan is on the faculty of the graduate creative writing program of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he's often served as its Director of Creative Writing, and he is Senior Editor for Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts.
Along with his wife, the award-winning poet, filmmaker, and screenwriter Michele Poulos, he is a producer of her feature-length documentary film, A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet, which had its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival in the Bay Area of California, and has been selected for the Virginia Film Festival, the Richmond International Film Festival, and the Palm Beach International Film Festival, as well as special screenings at the historic Tower Theater in Levis's "hometown," Fresno, California and at the O, Miami Poetry Festival 2017. More screenings are scheduled at additional universities and film centers, including the University of Iowa, the University of Utah, and more--and it is available for screening at a location near you, if you're interested.