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, and Boston’s thriving literary scene, with occasional forays into politics and queer experience. You know–for kids.

About the Gardener

Photograph of poet Frances Donovan
Poet Frances Donovan

Frances Donovan’s chapbook Mad Quick Hand of the Seashore was named a finalist for the 2019 Lambda Literary Awards. Her work has appeared in many publications, including The Rumpus, SWWIM Every Day, and Snapdragon: A Journal of Art and Healing.  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. In 1998 she drove a bulldozer in an LGBTQ+ Pride Parade while wearing combat boots and a bustier. In 2018 she became a certified Poet Educator in Massachusetts. She enjoys candle-lit dinners, long walks on the beach, and writing about herself in the third person. Find her on social media at twitter.com/okelle and www.facebook.com/frances.donovan.poet.

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