TIFERET Staff

Donna Baier Stein

Donna Baier Stein

Founder & Publisher

Donna Baier Stein is the author of The Silver Baron’s Wife (PEN/New England Discovery Award, Bronze winner in Foreword reviews 2017 Book of the Year Award, Will Rogers Medallion Award and Paterson Prize for Fiction, more), Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Award Finalist and 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist), Sometimes You Sense the Difference (chapbook), and Letting Rain Have Its Say (poetry book), and Scenes from the Heartland: Stories Based on Lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton. She was a Founding Editor of Bellevue Literary Review and founded and publishes Tiferet Journal. She has received a Bread Loaf Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University MFA Fellowship, grants from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and Poetry Society of Virginia, a Scholarship from the Summer Literary Seminars, and more. Donna’s writing has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Saturday Evening Post, Writer’s Digest, Confrontation, Prairie Schooner, New York Quarterly, Washingtonian, New Ohio Review, and many other journals as well as in the anthologies I’ve Always Meant to Tell You (Pocket Books) and To Fathers: What I’ve Never Said (featured in O Magazine). Donna was also an award-winning copywriter for Smithsonian, Time, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and many other clients in the direct marketing industry. www.donnabaierstein.com

Adele Kenny

Adele Kenny

Poetry Editor

Adele Kenny is the author of 24 books (poetry & nonfiction). Her poems, reviews, and articles have been published in journals here and abroad, as well as in books and anthologies published by Crown, Tuttle, Shambhala, and McGraw-Hill. Her awards include two poetry fellowships from the NJ State Arts Council, a Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, a Writer’s Digest Poetry Award, and a first place Merit Book Award, among others. Her most recent poetry collection, What Matters (Welcome Rain Publishers, 2011), received the 2012 International Book Award for Poetry. One of her poems appeared on the marquee of the rialto West Theater in NYC as part of the 42nd Street Art Project, and her antiques reference books have been cited by Home and Garden Television. A former creative writing professor in the College of New Rochelle’s Graduate School, Adele is founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series and has been poetry editor of TIFERET since 2006. Adele is active in readings and conducts both agency-sponsored and private poetry workshops.

Rachel Dacus

Rachel Dacus

Director of Development

Rachel Dacus is a poet and writer whose works include the poetry books Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau, as well the recent Gods of Water and Air, a collection of poetry, prose, and drama. She has written on a variety of subjects, from travel in Italy to growing up a rocket scientist’s daughter during the race-to-space Cold War era. Her poems, stories, essays, reviews, plays, and interviews have appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, Rattapallax, and many other anthologies and journals. Read more at http://racheldacus.net.

Lisa Sawyer

Managing Editor

Lisa manages Tiferet’s subscriber database, event calendar, website updates, monthly newsletter, and analytics. She also assists with issue distribution, community relations, social media marketing, administrative tasks, managing interns, and more. Learn more about the services Lisa provides at: https://about.me/lisasawyer317

Jeremy Birkline bio photo

Jeremy Birkline

Associate Editor

After graduating with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Jeremy spent a year teaching English in South Korea. The exploration of the countryside invigorated his writing, and upon his return to the States, he began seeking out a graduate program. Jeremy is currently a graduate student at Emerson College, where he is pursuing an MFA in creative writing. His work has appeared in The Criterion and Life and Legend. When he is not reading or writing, Jeremy practices Tae Kwon Do. He is currently ranked as a 4th degree master black belt.

Kristen Turner

Kristen Turner

Associate Editor

Mary Garhart

Associate Editor

Mary Garhart is a graduate student at Emerson College in Boston and is working towards a master’s degree in Publishing and Writing. She has received a BA in English with a Creative Writing minor and a BS in Business Management at University of Maryland, College Park. Mary hopes to one day work in digital production in either educational or children’s book publishing.

Monica

Monica Gurevich-Importico

Graphic Designer

STAFF LIST
Donna Baier Stein
Publisher

Adele Kenny
Poetry Editor

Rachel Dacus
Director of Development

Lisa Sawyer
Managing Editor

Donna Schmitt & Monica Gurevich-Importico
Designers & Illustrators

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS
Bob Rosenbloom
Nancy Lubarsky
Priscilla Orr

ASSOCIATE/ASSISTANT EDITORS
Kristen Turner
Jeremy Birkline
Pamela Walker 
Mary Garhart

BLOGTALK RADIO
Donna Baier Stein
Host

RJ Jeffreys
Contributing Editor & Tiferet Talk
Radio Show Producer

Udo Hintze
Assistant Editor & Tiferet Talk
Radio Show Assistant Producer

INTERNS

Matt Green
Kate Halse
Courtney Harler
Natalie Hirt
Anne Hoffnagle
Rebecca Kuder
Anu Mahadev
Sasha Starovoitov

Anu Mahadev is a left brained software engineer- turned right brained creative poet! Originally from India, she is now based out of New Jersey, with her husband and son. She is a recent MFA graduate of Drew University and a prolific writer.  She is the editor of Jaggery Lit, The Woman Inc and the Wild Word. Other words to describe her include lifelong learner, traveler, avid hiker, choir singer and dreamer. She writes mostly about life and the ties that bind us.