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. Most content on the site now deals with poetry, books, Boston’s thriving literary scene, and the wheel of the year, with occasional forays into memoir, technology, queer experience, and social justice. You know — for kids.

Interviews with poets, authors, and small presses also appear on this site. If you’d like to be considered for an interview, please fill out the contact form.

About the Gardener

Photo of Frances Donovan (Okelle) pointing at a picture of a cat pasted on a wall
Frances Cat points at Street Art Cat

Frances Donovan’s work has appeared in such publications as Borderlands, Snapdragon, Marathon Literary Review, Gender Focus, The Writer, Chronogram, Incessant Pipe, and Oddball Magazine. View more publication credits (with links) here.  She holds a degree in English from Vassar College and is an MFA candidate at Lesley University. Frances curated the Poetry@Prose reading series and has appeared as a featured reader at numerous venues in the Northeast. She enjoys candle-lit dinners, long walks on the beach, and writing about herself in the third person. Frances likes to talk about the time she drove a bulldozer in a GLBT Pride Parade. “I was wearing a bustier,” she says, “because screw gender stereotypes.” You can find her on social media at twitter.com/okelle, www.facebook.com/frances.donovan.poet, and plus.google.com/+FrancesDonovan.

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