Donald Revell was born in the borough of the Bronx in New York City in 1954. He emerged from it a poet. He obtained his BA at Harpur College and his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has served as editor-in-chief for the Denver Quarterly and as poetry editor for the Colorado Review. He is a former fellow of the Ingram Merrill and Guggenheim Foundations and has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the 2004 recipient of the Academy of American Poets' Lenore Marshall Prize and three PEN USA Awards in poetry and translation. Before moving to Nevada, he taught at the University of Utah. He has been a columnist for The American Poetry Review, which has published many of his poems. He is married to Claudia Keelan, who received the Silver Pen Award in 2001. Revell became a recipient of the Silver Pen Award in 2005. He is Chair and Professor of the English Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also served as Director of the Creative Writing Program and Director of Graduate Studies in English at the university. He is an unabashed Miltonist.