Donna joined Brighton Place as our Librarian in October 2012. She received her Masters in Library Science from the University at Buffalo in June, 2012. Donna has previously done work for UB's Poetry Collection where she initiated a project to make the archives of Black Mountain College poet, publisher and artist, Jonathan Williams accessible for the first time. In 2010, she cataloged art for the G. Robert Strauss Jr. Memorial Library in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Before becoming a Librarian, Donna's background was in the Fine Arts. She holds a BFA in Sculpture and taught Anatomical Figure Modeling at Buffalo State College from 2000 - 2008. For over 12 years she has applied her knowledge of artistic techniques in the conservation of decorative surfaces at Shea's Performing Arts Center, St. Columban's On The Lake, and to buildings and works of art across New York State and Pennsylvania.
Donna grew up in the Rochester, NY. She lives with her partner, the poet and BlazeVox Books publisher, Geoffrey Gatza and two cats, Blaze and Clarisse. As a painter, sculptor and jewelry designer, Donna enjoys creative activities of all kinds. She has a passion for Japanese films and has written reviews for the movie blog, Japan Cinema. Donna is very excited to be part of Brighton Place!
Favorite Authors: Haruki Murakami, J. K. Rowling, Jim Butcher, Karen Tei Yamashita, Herman Melville, Jack London, Philip K. Dick
Favorite Books: Tropic of Orange, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Bounty Trilogy, Harry Potter
Favorite Foods: Indian, Thai, Jamaican - I love spicy food! Home baked anything, but especially cookies!
Favorite Movies: Love Actually, Harry Potter (love them all), Harold & Maude
Favorite Musical Artists: Arcade Fire, Muse, Sebastian X, Miyavi
Favorite TV Shows: Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Downton Abbey