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Donna Steiner

Associate Professor


330 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Spring 2017
Monday 3:00 - 4:00
Tuesday & Thursday 3:45-4:45
or by appointment

Donna Steiner received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.

Her writing has been published in literary journals including Fourth Genre, Shenandoah, The Sun, and Stone Canoe. She is a contributing writer for Hippocampus Magazine, a nonfiction literary journal, and was a 2011 fellow in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been anthologized in Under the Influence: The Literature of Addiction (Modern Library); What's Your Exit: A Literary Detour through New Jersey (Word Riot Press); and Women on the Verge (St. Martin's Press), and appears in many college textbooks.

Steiner recently completed a manuscript of linked, place-based essays and is working on a collection of poems. Her chapbook, Elements, is being released in 2013 from Sweet Publications.


Classes taught

Spring 2017 Courses

CRW 205/800 TR 2:20-3:40 231 Marano CC
CRW 408/800 M 4:10-6:50 142 Marano CC

CRW 205-This is a beginning workshop in writing poetry. Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay will be our model as students discuss contemporary poets, explore different writing techniques, produce poems for workshop, and offer feedback on each other’s work.Goals are to hone writing skills; develop an effective practice, (ex., conceptualizing, drafting, revising, editing, revising, revising); develop a critical vocabulary; learn workshop procedures and etiquette; and become familiar with a range of poetry.

CRW 408-This is an advanced workshop in creative nonfiction.  The focus will be on creativity and professionalism.  Students will read and discuss samples of the form by established writers, practice craft through short exercises, write their own essays for workshop, and offer criticism of each other’s work.  We will consider issues currently or recently in the news, and discuss what it means to be a writer/artist in contemporary culture.  Students will create a blog or other project.  A presentation on aesthetics will be part of the class. CRW 308 is a prerequisite.