Teaching, writing, editing. Each informs and is intimate with the others.
As a new high school English teacher, Donna saw that most of her colleagues simply assigned grades to papers. As a recent college student she knew how frustrating it was to have a paper returned with so little help. The red ink indicated what was wrong, but what did work? That question has guided her teaching, editing, and writing.
Her poem, Miners Wives, made the long list of the Montreal International Poetry Contest of 2011 among over 2,000 entries, encouraging her to continue to probe in poetry the stories that matter.
Although primarily a poet, Donna has written articles on gardening and reading games, and has edited pieces for professional journals, memoirs, creative nonfiction and a novel. The carving of meaning from language in any genre inspires her.
She lives in Folsom where she gardens, paints watercolors, makes collages and enjoys her family.