“An unforgettable collection, as lovely as it is honest.”

Lee Martin

An IndieBooks Finalist

“Donna Baier Stein is a discovery.”

–C. Michael Curtis, The Atlantic

“An artistic, sympathetic imagining of the life of a 19th-century woman who made headlines for all the wrong reasons.”

Kirkus Reviews

“It is hard to think of a voice as compassionate and full of grace.”

–Laura Boss


About Donna

Award-winning novelist, short story writer, and poet. Originally from Kansas City, Donna now lives in New Jersey, writing full-time. She also founded and publishes Tiferet Journal.  FULL BIO

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“(Sympathetic People) is a brilliantly edgy collection of stories that gets under your skin as even as it illuminates love, lust - and everything in between.”

–Caroline Leavitt

“(In The Silver Baron's Wife) Stein's blend of love story, scandal, and mystic experience is satisfying and entertaining.”

Publishers Weekly


Listen to Donna's interview on the How Do You Write podcast

Read Donna's article on PBS' Next Avenue: "Pandemic Stress Leads to Forgetting and Remembering"

Scenes from the Heartland has been named a Finalist in this year's Foreword Reviews Book of the Year award.

Read the review of Scenes from the Heartland by Women's Voices for Change

Northland New Neighbor League's Book Club, January 10 at 10am CST

Author Panel at Chester Library, Chester, NJ with Julie Maloney, Maryann McFadden and Donna Baeir Stein, Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom: https://chesterlib.evanced.info/signup/

Interview with Kelly Fordon, March 1, 2021

Ongoing Writing workshops on Spiritual Poetry, Ekphrastic Writing, and Memoir

Workshop on Ekphrastic writing, Juicy Wise Women, December 2020

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“Donna Baier Stein writes with the grace and precision of a poet.”

– Elizabeth Berg