Donna Reis

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Donna Reis’s first collection of poems, No Passing Zone (Deerbrook Editions, 2012) has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  She is the author of three chapbooks of poetry: Certain (Finishing Line Press, 2012), Dog Shows and Church, a sequence of poems (Eurydice Press, 2000), Incantations (Eurydice Press, 1995).  She is co-editor and contributor of Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews (Akron University Press, 2005).  Her non-fiction book Seeking Ghosts in the Warwick Valley: 60 Personal Accounts (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2002) has sold nearly 2000 copies.  She holds an MA in Creative Writing from The City College, The City University of New York and an MS in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College, also The City University of New York.


Reis’s poems have appeared in eight anthologies, among them Beyond Lament: Poets of the World Bearing Witness to the Holocaust (Northwestern University Press, 1998), Chance of a Ghost (Helicon Nine Editions, 2005) and Killer Verse: poems of murder and mayhem (Everyman’s Library, Alfred A. Knopf, 2011).  Journals in which her poetry has appeared include A Gathering of the Tribes, Hanging Loose, The New York Quarterly and Zone 3.  Her non-fiction essays are published regularly.  She was the recipient of The Meyer Cohn Essay Award in Literature in 2001and The James Ruoff Memorial Essay Award in 2002 from The City College of New York.  Reis has taught poetry at The Northeast Poetry Center, College of Poetry in Sugarloaf, New York.  Her poem, Krakow, 1939, along with a photo of her great-grandmother were featured in Carol Rosen’s hand-made, art books that are presented in the holocaust museums in Washington and Tel Aviv and at the Guggenheim in New York City.


Donna Reis is an avid quilter.  You may view her quilts and needlepoint on this site.  She teaches quilting at G.V.G. Creations in Chester, New York.  She is an active member of the American Quilter’s Society and The Embroiderers’ Guild of America.


Married to writer and musician Tom Miller, they are recording a CD of Reis’s poetry accompanied by Miller’s orchestral compositions called Jesus of the Brazen and Selfish.  They live in the Hudson River Valley with their Bernese Mountain Dog, Shanna, and their pussycat, Zooey.  Zooey’s brother, Franny, will always be remembered as the greatest cat who ever lived.