Spencer Bailey, in an article for poetryfoundation.org, called The Cloud Corporation “an eclectic, albeit judicious, mix of sprawling, cinematic subjects and literary traditions—bridging heightened, Victorian diction, say, with the modern tongue.”
Donnelly’s poems have been published in anthologies such as Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry, as well as magazines and journals including Harper’s, jubilat, The Nation, The Paris Review, PEN America, Ploughshares, TriQuartely and various others. His work has also been translated in German and Italian.
Donnelly is an assistant professor and director of undergraduate creative writing at Columbia University. He is also the poetry editor for Boston Review. Donnelly is originally from Rhode Island but now lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two daughters.
In April 2013, he was a featured writer for Harriet.