His poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, TriQuarterly, 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 professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and is on the faculty of its graduate creative writing program, 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.
He holds a Ph.D. from Binghamton University, an M.A. from the University of Utah, and a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Along with his wife, the award-winning poet, filmmaker, and screenwriter Michele Poulos, he is the 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, and was selected for the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (held at Grauman's Egyptian Theater in Hollywood) and six more film festivals nationwide. Additional special screenings were held at the historic Tower Theater in Levis's "hometown" of Fresno, California and at the O, Miami Poetry Festival 2017. More screenings are scheduled at universities and film centers in 2017-2018--and it is available for screening at a location near you.