Donna Minkowitz is a writer (Slate, New York Times Book Review, The Nation, Salon) and the restaurant critic for Gay City News.

A longtime memoirist, her most recent book is Growing Up Golem, a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award.

It is written as though Donna’s mother, instead of giving birth to her, had created her by magic as her own personal golem, a clay servant from Jewish legend. You can read more about the book here.

Minkowitz’s first memoir, Ferocious Romance (1998), was about what she had in common with the Christian right, despite despising everything they stood for. Ferocious Romance won a Lambda Literary Award 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 .”

A former feature writer for the Village Voice, she has also written for New York magazine, Ms., The Collagist, The Advocate, and Newsday. She teaches with the New York Writers Workshop and independently.

Contact: minkowitz46@gmail.com

Literary agent: Valerie Borchardt at Georges Borchardt, Inc.

All contents (c) Donna Minkowitz 2011-2018

10 responses to “About

  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

  2. Oh man, thanks so much, Angela! Your comment made my day.

    • Hi Donna, will you be doing any memoir writing workshops this fall? Thank you

      • Donna Minkowitz

        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.

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  4. Stefanie Weiss

    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!

    • Donna Minkowitz

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

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  6. I want to follow your writing but I can’t find a sign up sheet! Please include me! Lovely meeting you !

    Lauren Decker

    • Donna Minkowitz

      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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