Gregory Donovan

GREGORY DONOVAN is the author of Torn from the Sun (Red Hen Press, 2015) and Calling His Children Home (U. of Missouri Press), winner of the Devins Award for Poetry. He also co-edited Prismatics: Larry Levis & Contemporary American Poetry--Interviews from the documentary film A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet (Diode, 2020).


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 & teaches in its graduate creative writing program, where he's often served as the Director of Creative Writing, and he's a Founding Editor of 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 a producer of the 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 featured screenings have been held in Fresno, California (Levis's hometown), as well as at the O, Miami Poetry Festival, the Columbia College of Art & Design, the University of Alabama, Marshall University, and Drew University, among others. The film is available for screenings along with appearances by the director and producer--go to the Contact page if you wish to arrange a screening or a reading (or both). The film is also available for personal viewing on Amazon, or through the Kanopy educational streaming video service available through many university libraries and other public libraries.