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Matt Donovan is the author of two collections of poetry—Vellum (Mariner, 2007) and the chapbook Ten Burnt Lakes (Tupelo Press, forthcoming 2017)—as well as a collection of lyric essays, A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape: Meditations on Ruin and Redemption (Trinity University Press, 2016). He is the recipient of a Rome Prize in Literature, a Whiting Award, an NEA Literature Fellowship, among other honors. In 2015 Donovan was awarded a Creative Capital grant for Inheritance, a chamber opera he’s developing with the artist Ligia Bouton, soprano Susan Narucki and the composer Lei Liang.