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 compliant 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.
It’s about what she was a little aghast to discover she had in common with the antifeminist, antigay 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 teenage Christian boy to report undercover on the Promise Keepers, the rightwing men’s group, for Ms. Magazine. More recently, her journalism has included queer-in-every-way 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.
Literary agent: Valerie Borchardt at Georges Borchardt, Inc.
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