Donna Baier Stein (born January 5, 1951, in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American author, poet, publisher, editor, and copywriter. Baier Stein’s writing has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Kansas Quarterly, New York Stories, Prairie Schooner, Washingtonian, as well as many other journals and anthologies from Simon & Schuster and The Spirit That Moves Us Press. Her short story collection was a Finalist in the Iowa Fiction Awards and will be published, as Sympathetic People, in 2013 by Serving House Books. She has received the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction, a Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars Fellowship, Bread Loaf Scholarship, a grant from the New Jersey Council of the Arts, prizes from the Poetry Council of Virginia, two Pushcart nominations, and an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Allen E. Ginsberg Poetry Awards. Her poetry chapbook Sometimes You Sense the Difference was published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press. One of her stories was performed by Tony-award winning actress Maryann Plunkett at Playwrights Theatre in Madison, NJ. She was a Founding Editor of Bellevue Literary Review and founded and currently publishes Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature. She is also an award-winning copywriter.
Baier Stein participated as a scholar in the 2012 Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania. She currently holds writing workshops and conducts poetry readings in the New York/New Jersey metro area.
In the nonfiction arena, she has been a freelance direct marketing copywriter since 1980, writing for clients that include Smithsonian, Time, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and many others. She created and presents seminars on copywriting for the Direct Marketing Association and has taught copywriting and writing at many universities, corporations, and clubs. Her two nonfiction books on copywriting are Write on Target (co-authored with Floyd Kemske and published by McGraw Hill) and The New Marketing Conversation (co-authored with Alex MacAaron and published byThomson Publishing Group).
Baier Stein was named Direct Marketer of the Year by the New England Direct Marketing Association in 2004.
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