About the Garden

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 Frances Donovan: a chubby woman in a green dress embroidered with gold leaves. She has graying, shoulder-length blonde hair and smiles at the camera. The drooping tendrils of a larch tree frame her and she sits on a stone wall.
A portrait of the artist as a middle-aged lady

Frances Donovan is the author of Arboretum in a Jar (Lily Poetry Review Books, 2023). Her chapbook Mad Quick Hand of the Seashore was named a finalist in the 31st Lambda Literary Awards. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in The Rumpus, Lily Poetry Review, Solstice, Heavy Feather Review, SWWIM, and elsewhere. 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. A poem of hers was featured in a film in the 2020 Filmetry festival, and another one has been displayed at Boston City Hall. She teaches poetry and writing workshops in the Boston area.  Donovan’s work deals with themes of home, family, intergenerational trauma, and sexual and gender identity. She remembers fondly the summer of 1998, when she drove a bulldozer in a Pride parade while wearing a bustier. You can find her climbing hills in Boston and on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

4 Replies to “About”

    1. Hi Kathy: I’ve changed hosting providers and it’s now easier to follow the blog using either WordPress or email. You can sign up for email notifications in the right panel of the home page (it’ll appear at the bottom of the page on a mobile device).

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