About Donna Kaulkin

Until 1997, I developed publications about medicine for U.S. Pharmacopoeia (managing editor) and about aviation for McGraw-Hill (editorial director).

Since 1997, I have been a free-lance writer and editor, specializing in aviation. My work in the arts includes magazine articles for Diablo, Diablo Arts and Art Contemporaries. I edited two books about The Washington Ballet.

I have a B.A. in English from Georgetown University (1977) and served as president of the American News Women’s Club from 1999 to 2000.

My poems and stories appeared in anthologies, including Vistas & BywaysRye Bread: Women Poets Rising and Center Pieces: Selections from Workshops at The Writer’s Center.

I wrote a one-act play inspired by a poem by Randall Jarrell, Woman at the Washington Zoo, which received two staged readings at Source Theater’s annual Washington Theater Festival.

I wrote the first draft of a play, 2732 Magnolia, which I intend to complete some day.

I wrote a full-length play about Tang-era Empress Wu, the only woman ever to rule China in her own right, which was a finalist in the East Bay Playwriting Project in 2005. With a score composed by my son, Michael Kaulkin, The Ghost of Wu became a musical and received two staged readings in Los Angeles. The Not Quite Opera company of San Francisco featured several of our songs in an evening of theater music.

My novel, Brenda Corrigan Went Downtown, was published in April 2013.

“Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes


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