Donna Baier Stein

New Jersey, United States

Member Since: 09/18/2012

Donna Baier Stein’s writings appear in Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, Washingtonian, and many other journals and anthologies. Her story collection Great Drawing Board of the Sky was a Finalist in the Iowa Fiction Awards and was published in December 2013 as Sympathetic People; her novel Fortune received the PEN/New England Discovery Award. She was a Founding Poetry Editor of Bellevue Literary Review and currently publishes Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature.Awards include a scholarship from Bread Loaf, fellowships from Johns Hopkins University and the New Jersey Council for the Arts, awards from the Poetry Societies of Virginia and New Hampshire, an Honorable Mention from the Allen E. Ginsberg Poetry Prizes, four Pushcart nominations and prizes from Kansas Quarterly, Florida Review, and elsewhere. In 2012 she received a scholarship from the Summer Literary Seminars and her poetry chapbook Sometimes You Sense the Difference was published by Finishing Line Press.


Twitter Username: @donnabaierstein


  • The Silver Baron's Wife , Serving House Books (December 2015)
  • "Spring 1933" , Virginia Quarterly Review
  • Sympathetic People , Serving House Books (December 12, 2013)
  • Sometimes You Sense the Difference , Finishing Line Press (2012)
  • "My Lovers #1-5, or Why I Hate Kenny Rogers" , New Ohio Review (2013)
  • "News Feed" , Southhampton Review (2013)
  • "Trouble at the Dance Hall" , Green Hills Literary Lantern Review (2013)
  • "Coming Clean" , The Literary Review


  • PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction(1998)
  • New Jersey Council on the Arts Grant(2004)
  • Allen E. Ginsberg Poetry Award Honorable Mention(2013)
  • Bread Loaf Scholarship(1992)
  • Iowa Fiction Awards Finalist(1993)
  • Kansas Quarterly Fiction Award
  • Florida Review Fiction Award
  • Poetry Society of Virginia Award


  • Publisher & Editor at TIFERET (January 2004 - )
  • Founding Poetry Co-Editor at Bellevue Literary Review (2001 - 2004)
  • Freelance Writer & Copywriter at Self-Employed (1980 - )
  • Writing Instructor at The Writers Circle (2012 - )
  • Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University


  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University (May 1990)
  • Master of Arts in Literature from University of Kansas (May 1975)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Poetry