Martha Donovan's Essay Receives Accolade

Posted November 2013

“Dangerous Archaeology: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother (and Others) – a memoir in fragments” – written by Martha Andrews Donovan (MA ’89) in collaboration with photographer Autumn E. Monsees – was named to the “Notable Essay” section of The Best American Essays 2013. This mixed-genre/hybrid essay was published in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Issue 50 (Spring/Summer 2012).

The essay combines a series of eight short essays with images of artifacts from Donovan's mother's childhood in rural South India as the daughter and granddaughter of foreign missionaries.  See more at

photo credit: Autumn E. Monsees