About

The Garden of Words came into existence about 20 years ago. Like all websites of a certain age, it has grown and evolved over time. In the interest of good literary citizenship, Frances now uses this site to spread the word about poets she admires and events she thinks poetry lovers would enjoy. The blog includes occasional forays into memoir, politics, and queer experience. You know — for kids.

About the Gardener

Photograph of poet Frances Donovan
A portrait of the artist in her back yard

Frances Donovan’s chapbook Mad Quick Hand of the Seashore was named a finalist in the 31st Lambda Literary Awards. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in many places, including The Rumpus, Snapdragon, and SWWIM. She holds an MFA in poetry from Lesley University, is a certified Poet Educator with Mass Poetry, and has appeared as a featured reader at numerous venues. She once drove a bulldozer in an LGBTQ+ Pride parade while wearing a bustier. You can find her climbing hills in Boston and on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.