My short story collection is now out

"The stories are engrossing, seductive and haunting.
The chaos that stirs up the character's lives is so quiet that it is a startling reminder that some of life's magical moments don't happen in the extraordinary, but in the ordinary every day. Each story will leave you gasping for air. If you've ever read a stellar book, then you will know that this is a feeling that you long for in other books." Contemporary Books - Reviews (link below)

"Donna Baier Stein is a discovery. Her deceptively mild story-telling veers swiftly into the savage often unacknowledged discontent of suburban life... all explored with language that engages and surprises."
C. Michael Curtis, Fiction Editor, The Atlantic

"Ms. Baier Stein's stories are powerful in both language and character... through a sharp lens of wit and intelligence... A powerful accomplishment."
Elizabeth Cox, author of The Slow Moon, The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love

"Donna Baier Stein writes with the grace and precision
of a poet, but also with a cool intelligence that creates intriguing stories that engage immediately, hold throughout, and, best of all, resonate in a reader's mind long after their conclusion."
Elizabeth Berg, New York Times bestselling author of Tapestry of Fortunes

"Donna Baier Stein uncovers the sometimes heady glint of danger in relationships in a brilliantly edgy collection of stories that gets under your skin even as it illuminates love, lust - and everything in between."
Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author
of Pictures of You

News and Reviews

April, 2015:

And thanks to the The Saint Ann's Review for accepting my story "The Sweet Perfume of Somewhere Else" for publication in their next issue.

April, 2015:

Please take a look at this interview with novelist Miriam Polli in Fiction Writers Review.

April, 2015:

Thanks to Firestone Feinberg for virtually reprinting my poem "King Kong," originally published in Ascent Magazine.

October 24, 2015:

I'll be a Speaker at the Women Who Write - 5th Annual Conference at the Madison Community House in Madison, NJ.

February 12, 2015:

My story "King Kong," which originally appeared in Ascent, will be republished in Verse-Virtual in February 2015.

February 12, 2015:

My essay "Remembering Mark Strand" was accepted for publication in LIPS.

March 28, 2015:

Join me on Saturday the 28th at the West Caldwell Public Library for, Girl Talk - A Reading in Celebration of Women's History Month - Women Poets Reading Poems That Reflect the Lives of Women.

January 17, 2015:

PLEASE go to my IndieGogo campaign
for Tiferet - A Journal of Spiritual Literature and help us to continue publishing both online and in print!

January 11, 2015:

I'll be reading at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City - please come by!

November 22, 2014:

The Round, a literary journal based at Brown University will publish my essay, "Silence, Writing, and Repair of the World." Many thanks!

November 22, 2014:

Tom Plante will publish my poem "La Secheresse" in issue 21 of Exit 13 Magazine. Again, many thanks!

October 30, 2014:

Please read this wonderful review of my short story collection. Contemporary Books

October 25, 2014:

I read at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Newark, NJ

September 2014:

Many thanks to The Summerset Review for publishing my story, "Pointing East, Where Things Happen" in their current issue. Summerset Review

June 2014:

My short story collection Sympathetic People won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Fiction! 2014 award winners.

Summer/Fall 2014:

I'm grateful to be in the Summer/Fall 2014 edition of Free State Review. Free State Review.

June 17, 2014:

Women's Voices for Change has written a very nice review about my short story collection Sympathetic People! Click here to read.

March 27-30, 2014:

At the Split the Rock Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. I'll be on the panel on Silence. Please join us! Take me to register

March 12, 2014:

Very excited to have a poem in the November 2013 (Issue XIX) of The Enchanting Verses Literary Review published in Kolkata, India:
Click here to read Enchanting Verses

March 9, 2014:

Ron Starbuck wrote this wonderful review of my 2012 poetry collection by Fishing Line Press, Sometimes You Sense the Difference.
Click here for PDF.

March 9, 2014:

A nice article about me in My Central Jersey.
PDF version here.

February 26, 2014, Postscript:

Read novel at Tiferet Reading at Associated Writing Programs Conference, Seattle.

February 26, 2014, Postscript:

Read poetry at Pirene's Fountain & Glass Lyre Press Reading at Associated Writing Programs Conference, Seattle.

Saturday 6pm, February 8, 2014:

I'll be reading at Panoply Books in Lambertville, New Jersey. It's at 46 North Union Street.

February 1, 2014:

The Licking River Review has just published my story, The Second Time the Bird Escaped

Saturday, December 4, 2013:

Sympathetic People by Donna Baier Stein. My collection of stories has just been published! It's very exciting - I'm honored by the book jacket comments. Please check it out at your favorite bookstore or at Amazon.

Sunday 4-6pm, December 1, 2013:

I'll be reading in the Phoenix Poetry Series at the Upright Brew House, 574 Hudson Street in New York City. Please come!

Saturday 1pm, October 12, 2013:

I'll be reading at the Poetry Center, 32 Church Street, Paterson, New Jersey to celebrate the publication of issue #41 of the Paterson Literary Review.

August 2013:

I've had two poems accepted for issue #41 of the Paterson Literary Review. One of poems received Honorable Mention in the Allen E. Ginsberg Poetry Award.

August 2013:

My essay, "Menopause and the Mile High Club" was accepted by the Free State Review.

August 2013:

I have a short story in the Summer 2013 Southhampton Review.

Sunday, April 21, 2013:

An afternoon of poetry at The Writer's Circle,
2-4:00 pm. Mondo, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901

March 2013:

"The Second Time the Bird Escaped" (fiction) was accepted by Licking River Review for publication this year.

March 2013:

"Even Then" (poem) was accepted by Kweli Journal.

March 2013:

"Conversation" (poem) was accepted by Stillwater Review.

February 2013:

Donna's "Writing in Ancestral Vilnius" has been published in The Literary Explorer. The Literary Explorer.

Saturday, February 9, 2013:

The River Read Poetry Reading Series at the Red Bank Public Library from 2-4:30 pm. Be there!
84 West Front Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Saturday, February 2, 2013:

Allen Ginsberg Winners' Poetry Reading and Award Ceremony at the Hamilton Club Building, Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, 32 Church Street, Paterson, NJ 07505

July 31, 2012:

Donna's poem "You Asked What Sustains Me" has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards!

July 20, 2012:

Donna read from her work at Cafe de Paris in Vilnius, Lithuania.

July 2012:

Donna participated as a scholar in the 2012 Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania.

February 21, 2012:

Donna's short story "Morning Train" has been accepted by Forge Journal!

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