The sunset is beautiful beyond compare
but alas the evening is nigh!
My name is Donna. I’m a fifth-generation Texan. The great thing about Texans is they embrace their dark sides. The awful thing about Texans is they embrace their dark sides.
I am a writer. I’ve worked as a journalist, opinion writer, editor and cartoonist. I’ve written fiction and poetry. I like to take pictures.
In 2001 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was stage III. How am I still here? Every morning I ask myself. Each day is like a little life all its own, with a beginning, middle and end. I hate going to bed. Despite my remission, I don’t assume there will be another day.
I am aging. Not gracefully, but gratefully.
I used to go to writers conferences. I used to foster kittens. There’s a whole list of things I used to do.
Some of my cancer writing: Everything Changed (Kansas City Star, 2002), Remember Me as a Writer, Not a Survivor (Newsweek, 2006), Trip of a Lifetime: Cancer Diagnosis Brings Two Friends Together (Kansas City Star, 2011). More cancer writing and cartoons appeared in Politics Daily and The Washington Post.
My short story “Fishbone” was first published in TriQuarterly in 1989. Since then it was anthologized in collections and dramatized by actors in Seattle and Dallas. Other stories and poems have appeared in North American Review, Poetry and other journals.
In 2008 Helicon Nine published my collection of poetry, What’s Right About What’s Wrong. The following year the book won the Thorpe Menn Award and was named one of the best books of the year by Slate.com.