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.

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

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Jeremy Birkline

Prose Editor

After teaching abroad in South Korea, Jeremy obtained his MFA in fiction from Emerson College. He is currently working toward completing and publishing a linked short story collection and a novel both revolving around the philosophical practices of tae kwon do, as well as the accessibility, diversity, and inherent prejudices that surround the martial arts. His fiction has appeared in The Criterion and The Gordian Review and his poetry in Life and Legend. Jeremy is currently teaching at Boston Latin School and has taught course in creative writing at Emerson College. When he is not reading or writing, Jeremy practices Tae Kwon Do. He is currently ranked as a 4th degree master black belt and like most humans, is never complete without his dog.

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Pamela Walker

Associate Editor

Pamela Walker has published in multiple genres, including the novel (Twyla), short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her stories and essays have been anthologized and her poetry has appeared in Tiferet. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop in fiction and an EDD from the University of California, Irvine. She is a retired special education professor who lives in New York City.

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Tracy Brooks

Assistant Director Social Media

Tracy Brooks is the creator of Soul Beckons (https://www.facebook.com/soulbeckons/) and has been walking between worlds since she was little. Devoted to helping people reconnect with their soul’s callings, she believes words have the power to heal. As a shamanic practitioner, intuitive empath/medium and channeled writer she journeys for others, offers intuitive poems and leads workshops guiding people to connect with their Spirit and animal guides. 

A homeschooling mom and oma (grandma), she enjoys making messes and memories, as well as meditating with her dog.


Monica Gurevich-Importico

Graphic Designer

Donna Baier Stein

Adele Kenny
Poetry Editor

Lisa Sawyer
Managing Editor

Donna Schmitt & Monica Gurevich-Importico
Designers & Illustrators

Jane Ebihara
Bob Rosenbloom
Nancy Lubarsky
Priscilla Orr

Jeremy Birkline

Pamela Walker 

Tracy Brooks

Donna Baier Stein

RJ Jeffreys
Contributing Editor & Tiferet Talk
Radio Show Producer

Udo Hintze
Assistant Editor & Tiferet Talk
Radio Show Assistant Producer


Matthew Green
Courtney Harler
Natalie Hirt
Anu Mahadev
Sasha Starovoitov
Mariel Zena

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.   

Mariel Zena for Tiferet siteBorn in Long Island, Mariel Zena graduated from Suffolk County Community College in less than two years with an associate’s to then study at Emerson. Again, in less than two years she is to graduate from Emerson College in December with a bachelor’s in creative writing. While attending Emerson, she reads for Generic Magazine, as well as starting to read for Tiferet Journal. During her free time, she likes to read YA novels and loves DC Comics.