Patrick Donnelly


Patrick Donnelly is the author of The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003, since 2009 part of Copper Canyon Press), about which Gregory Orr wrote “…everything he writes is suffused with tenderness and intelligence, lucidity and courage,” and Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2012). With Stephen D. Miller, Donnelly is co-translator of the one hundred forty-one Japanese poems in The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013). In 2013, Donnelly received a U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program award to fund a 3-month residency in Japan during 2014.


Donnelly, 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massashusetts, is an associate editor of Poetry International, a former associate editor (1999 – 2009) at Four Way Books, and director of the advanced seminar at The Frost Place. Donnelly has taught creative writing and public speaking at Colby College, the Lesley University MFA in Creative Writing Program, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and elsewhere. His poems have been featured on Poetry Daily in 2002 and 2003, on Verse Daily in 2003, and have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Slate, as well as anthologized in the Four Way Reader #2, The Book of Irish American Poetry from the 18th Century to the Present, and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great.


Donnelly is a 2008 recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a member of the Massachusetts Poetry Outreach Project Advisory Board. From the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, he received the Richard Soref Scholarship in Poetry in 2003 and the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship in Poetry in 2004, and grants from the PEN Fund for Writers in 2000 and 2001.

First posted: November 29, 2006

Last modified: April 18, 2016