Donna Minkowitz is an unclassifiable writer who author Mary Gaitskill has celebrated as “original, energetic, witty, and meaty.” Lilith Magazine hailed Minkowitz for her “fierce imagination and compelling prose,” and Kirkus has lauded the “defiant and playful energy” of her work.

Her most recent book is Growing Up Golem, a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award. It’s a “fantastical memoir” written as though instead of giving birth to her, her mother created her as a golem, the artificial servant made of clay from Jewish legend.

Minkowitz’s journalistic writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The Nation, New York magazine, Salon and the Village Voice, where she was a feature writer for seven years.

Her first book was Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters with the Right Taught Me about Sex, God, and Fury.

It’s about what she was a bit aghast to discover she had in common with the Christian right after doing investigative reporting on them for four years for the Voice, The Nation, Ms. and Newsday.

Ferocious Romance won a Lambda Literary Award for best book on religion/spirituality and was a finalist for the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Visions Award “for the most promising or distinctive work by a new author.”

According to director Kimberly Peirce, the movie “Boys Don’t Cry” was inspired by Minkowitz’s original 1994 Village Voice article about Brandon Teena, the 21-year-old trans man murdered in Falls City, Nebraska. (She recently revisited that article and its shortcomings here.)

Donna successfully disguised herself as a 16-year-old Christian boy to report undercover on the Promise Keepers, the rightwing men’s group, for Ms. Magazine. More recently, her journalism has included restaurant reviews for Gay City News, New York City’s LGBTQ paper, as well as deep-dive investigative reporting on the white nationalist movement for The Nation, Slate, The Forward, and elsewhere. She’s also been doing personal storytelling at The Artichoke, Queer Memoir, and other live shows throughout New York State.

Minkowitz is currently working on a new work of autofiction, tentatively titled Donnaville. You can find excerpts from it on the blog.

Donna teaches memoir writing classes  and works as a writing coach.

Please follow her on all the socials: @Minkowitz on Twitter, @donnaminkowitz on Instagram , and

Contact: minkowitz46@gmail.com

Literary agent: Valerie Borchardt at Georges Borchardt, Inc.

All contents (c) Donna Minkowitz 2011-2022

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  1. Wow Donna! Your blog is outstanding!! In the midst of my morning ritual to arrive on time for the day job, but I can’t wait to sit and read every word of your wonderful and so engaging work. Big gentle hug.

    Big Fan! Angela

      1. Hi Katherine. Yes, I have a workshop starting this week, on Wednesday the 21st in Brooklyn! I will email you to let you know the details. Thanks for writing.

  2. Hi: Couldn’t locate a contact address here. I am very interested in taking a memoir writing class in NYC with you. Saw that you are teaching a class at JCC now, and I can’t make that class (and too late anyway). Will you be teaching in the summer? Any info would be appreciated!

    1. Hi Stefanie. Thanks for writing. I’ve answered you privately, but you and others can contact me at growingupgolem AT gmail.com. 🙂

    1. Hi Lauren. It was wonderful to meet you, too, and thank you so much for writing!! There is a subscription sign-up sheet, but I just realized that it’s only visible on the full version of this website, not the mobile version. 🙁

      While I get this fixed, you can sign up on the full version of donnaminkowitz.com, and I will add you to my regular email list! All best 🙂 – Donna

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