Master of Fine Arts, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina, 2003.
He is the author of two poetry collections, The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003, which in 2009 became part of Copper Canyon Press) and Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin (forthcoming from Four Way Books, ). His poems have appeared in many journals, including The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Slate, and in anthologies including The Book of Irish American Poetry from the 18th Century to the Present (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007), and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great (Persea Press, 2009). Though not of any specific religion, his poetry often takes on subjects such as erotic love or the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome epidemic in religious terms.\r\nWriting in 88: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry, Lee Rossi said of Donnelly’s work: “Donnelly"s greatest strength may be his control of the pitch and inflection of his poems.
We see it not just in the let"s-go-to-bed poems, but also in the poems of suffering and loss..The poet is not just some rueful roué, but something more complicated and human. Caught between God and God"s creation, he is the anchorite who never completely turns his back on this world, the angelic sybarite who never quite quits his conversation with God." With his spouse Stephen Doctorate. Miller, Donnelly translated classical Japanese poems in The Wind from Vulture Peak: the Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period (Cornell East Asia Series, ).\r\nHis translations with Miller have appeared in many journals, including Bateau, Circumference, eXchanges, Inquiring Mind, Metamorphoses, New Plains Review, and Poetry International.
Member of Academy of America Poets, Associate Writing Programs.