Donna Emerson is a Santa Rosa Jr. College instructor, a licensed clinical social worker, photographer, and writer of poetry and prose. 

Recent poetry publications include 
The Place That Inhabits Us, Poems of the Bay Area Watershed, Phoebe, Eclipse, The Paterson Literary Review, Chopin With Cherries, A Tribute, and So To Speak, among many others. Recent prose and photography publications include Passager, Stone Canoe, and Tiny Lights, where she was awarded first prize in the 2010 Flash competition. 

Her first chapbook, 
This Water, was published in 2007. Body Rhymes, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2009 and nominated for the California Book Award.
Wild Mercy was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011. A fourth chapbook, Following Hay, was published by Finishing Line Press in late 2013.

Donna lives with her husband and daughter in Sonoma County, California, near her two adult sons and the water.