Donna Baier Stein

Poet, Fiction Writer

Bernardsville, NJ
New Jersey US

Author's Bio

Donna Baier Stein is the author of The Silver Baron's Wife (PEN/New England Discovery Award, Bronze Winner Foreword reviews 2017 Book of the Year in General Fiction and Finalist Historical Fiction, and Finalist in Paterson Prize for Fiction), Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Award Finalist and 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Short Fiction), Sometimes You Sense the Difference (poetry chapbook) and Letting Rain Have Its Say (poetry). She was a Founding Editor of Bellevue Literary Review and founded and publishes a multi-faith literary journal called Tiferet Journal.

Donna has received a Bread Loaf Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars Fellowship, grants from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and Poetry Society of Virginia, a Scholarship from the Summer Literary Seminars, four Pushcart nominations, and more. Donna’s stories and poems have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Confrontation, Prairie Schooner, New York Quarterly, Washingtonian, New Ohio Review, Ascent, Puerto del SolGargoyle, and many other journals as well as in the anthologies I’ve Always Meant to Tell You (Pocket Books), To Fathers: What I’ve Never Said (featured in O Magazine), Men and Women: Together and Alone from Spirit That Moves Us Press. Her story “A Landing Called Compromise" was Runner-up in the 2018 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Contest. Donna was also an award-winning copywriter for Smithsonian, Time, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and many other clients in the direct marketing industry.

Publications & Prizes


Scenes from The Heartland (Serving House Books, 2019)
The Silver Baron's Wife (Serving House Books, 2016)
Sympathetic People (Serving House Books, 2013)
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Puerto del Sol


Letting Rain Have Its Say (Kelsay Books, 2018)
Prizes won: 
  • PEN New England Discovery Award, Novel
  • Foreword Reviews Bronze Award, Novel
  • Foreword Reviews Finalist, Short Story Collectioin
  • Iowa Fiction Award Finalist, Short Story Collection
  • Bread Loaf Writers Conference Scholarship
  • John Hopkins University Writing Seminars Fellowship
  • Paterson Fiction Prize, Finalist
  • Indie Book Awards Finalist, twice
  • Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist, Short Stories
  • Will Rogers Medallion Award Finalist, Novel
  • Florida Review and Kansas Quarterly 1st place Fiction Awards for Short Stories
  • and more

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
George Saunders, Mark Haddon, John Updike, Robertson Davies, Alice Munro, Ray Bradbury, Haruki Murakami
What I'm reading now: 
Circe by Madeline Miller, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo

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Identifies as: 
American, English American, Feminist, Lithuanian American
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Born in: 
Kansas City, MO
Raised in: 
Burlington, IA
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Last update: Aug 24, 2021