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

Lee Martin

“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


August 24, 2020
Read Donna's article on PBS' Next Avenue: "Pandemic Stress Leads to Forgetting and Remembering"

March 25, 2020
Scenes from the Heartland has been named a Finalist in this year's Foreword Reviews Book of the Year award.

January 1, 2020
Read the review of Donna's poetry book Letting Rain Have Its Say in American Book Review.

April 4, 2019
Read Donna's latest piece on Lithub!
"The Best Short Stories from the Heart of the Country"

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

– Elizabeth Berg

April 18, 2020
Reading Event at The Parkside Lounge

April 25, 2020
Reading Event at Doylestown Bookstore, PA

September 10, 2020
Interview with How Do You Writer? - Virtual

October 1, 2020
Interview with Jeff Rutherford: Reading & Writing - Virtual

October 6, 2020
Interview with Dialogue - Virtual

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