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Donna Minkowitz is a longtime writer of memoir,  journalism, and fantasy who Terry Bisson has called “fearless” and “legendary” and Andrew Solomon dubbed “utterly entrancing…..a writer with breathtakingly fluent language.”

Hey, that’s me — hi there! Among other things, I am the author of Growing Up Golem:  How I Survived My Mother, Brooklyn and Some Really Bad Dates, which is published by Riverdale Ave Books/Magnus.

It’s a “fantastical memoir” written as though instead of giving birth to me, my mother created me as a golem, which is a magical servant made of clay from Jewish legend.

You can read the first chapter here, and you can buy the book from Riverdale Ave Books. I’m thrilled that Growing Up Golem was named  a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and for the Publishing Triangle’s Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award!

I also have a new Substack called Rough Tongue, on “sensuality, emotion, and food under capitalism.” You can check it out here: roughtongue.substack.com.

I am a longtime teacher of memoir writing, a writing coach, a journalist, a radical activist, and the happy originator of the literary open mic series called Lit Lit. My first book, about me and the Christian right, was Ferocious Romance. You can find out more about me here. Feel free to reach out to me at minkowitz46 @gmail.com.