The Garden of Words The Gardener
Frances Donovan began her writing career at the age of nine while dangling
upside down from a tire swing. Her first poem, composed on said swing,
celebrated the glories of springtime in New England. She went on to win
acclaim for her poetry and prose from a number of sources, including the
Bridgeport University New Writer's Competition and the Stamford Festival
for the Arts. In 1995 she graduated from Vassar College with a degree
She has served on the editorial board of a number of literary publications, including Helicon and The Vassar Review of Arts and Letters, and was instrumental in the creation of the editorial section of Chronogram, a publication based in New Paltz, New York.
Her work has been published in The Writer, PIF Magazine, and, Perimeter. She appeared as a featured reader in Fray Day Boston for two years running and continues to read her work aloud in a number of spoken-word venues, including the Center for New Words and the Zeitgeist Gallery.
In addition to writing poetry and fiction, Frances has plied her craft as a writer for a number of online publications on a diverse number of topics, including personal finance, insurance, computer software, and foreign travel. She spent five years as a content provider for About.com, a top-five media outlet.
She began the Garden of Words in 1996. Says Frances about her work, "I strive to celebrate the beauty of everyday objects and situations. Much of my poetry is about mapping an interior landscape, a world I've glimpsed through dreams and in brief epiphanies." She lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.