|Donald Levering was born in Kansas City and grew up there and in Oceanside, New York. He has worked as a teacher on the Diné reservation, groundskeeper, and human services administrator. His MFA in creative writing is from Bowling Green Ohio State University. In addition to winning a NEA Fellowship, Levering won the Quest for Peace Prize in rhetoric and was featured in the Academy of American Poets Forum and the Duende Reading Series. More recent honors include the 2014 Literal Latté Award, the 2017 Tor House Foundation Robinson Jeffers Prize, and the 2018 Carve Contest Winner. His 6th full-length poetry book, The Water Leveling with Us, placed second in the 2015 National Federation of Press Women Creative Verse Book Competition and his 7th book, Coltrane’s God, was Runner-Up for the 2016 New England Book Festival Contest in poetry.
His poems have appeared in such journals as Bloomsbury Review, Columbia, Commonweal, Comstock Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Hollins Critic, Hunger Mountain, Notre Dame Review, Poet & Critic, Poet Lore, Quiddity, Southern Poetry Review, Stand, and Yemassee.
He has volunteered with Earthwatch and Enkosini as a species preservation activist and currently volunteers as a US citizenship tutor with Santa Fe Literacy Volunteers. Father of a son and daughter, he is married to the artist Jane Shoenfeld and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.