Gregory Donovan

Virginia, United States

Member Since: 08/22/1983

Gregory Donovan is the author of the poetry collections Torn from the Sun (Red Hen Press, 2015) and Calling His Children Home, which won the Devins Award from the University of Missouri Press. He has also published poetry, essays, and fiction in such journals as The Kenyon Review, New England Review, The Southern Review, storySouth, Gulf Coast, diode, Crazyhorse, Copper Nickel, TriQuarterly, and many others. His work has been included in several anthologies, such as Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia, published by the University of Virginia Press. Donovan teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University and is Senior Editor of the online journal Blackbird. In summers he's a frequent visitor to conferences such as Bread Loaf and the Chautauqua Institution as well as low residency programs such as those at the University of Tampa and Vermont College of Fine Arts. With his wife, the poet, screenwriter and filmmaker Michele Poulos, he is a producer of her documentary film about the late Larry Levis titled A Late Syle of Fire, which features original music by Iron & Wine and interviews with a spectrum of the nation's most prominent and engaging poets. 



  • Torn from the Sun , Red Hen Press (April 2015)
  • Calling His Children Home , University of Missouri Press


  • Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University


  • Bachelor of Arts in Honors in English from University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Master of Arts in English, Creative Writing from University of Utah
  • Doctoral Degree in English, Creative Writing from SUNY-Binghamton

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry