Poet, translator, and editor Donald Wellman was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, and attended the University of New Hampshire. Following military service, he earned a PhD from the University of Oregon. His collections of poetry include Roman Exercises (2015), The Cranberry Island Series (2013), A North Atlantic Wall (2010), Prolog Pages (2009), Baroque Threads (2007), Fields (1995), and The House in the Fields (1992).
Wellman is the founding editor of O.ARS, an annual anthology of poetry and poetics. The inaugural volume, O.ARS/1 Coherence, included work by language-centered poets, visual poets, representatives of the Latin American avant-garde, and a selection of “sur-fiction,” as well as poetry in the Black Mountain tradition. He has translated several volumes, including Antonio Gamoneda’s Gravestones (2009) and Description of the Lie (2014); Emilio Prados’ Enclosed Garden (2013); and Yvan Goll’s Neila, Evening Song: Last Poems of Yvan Goll (2016). In 2015, the University of Valencia published a bilingual selection of his own writing, Remando de noche: La Poesía de Donald Wellman / Night Rowing: The Poetry of Donald Wellman.
Donald Wellman lives in Weare, New Hampshire, and since 1985 has taught at Daniel Webster University, where he currently serves as professor emeritus.