About Donna. . .
Donna Hoke is an award-winning playwright, children's book author, veteran crossword puzzle constructor, and seasoned journalist with a passion and skill for writing and entertaining audiences on both the page and the stage.

The Western New York representative for the Dramatists Guild, Donna's plays have been produced in 24 states and four foreign countries, and counting. Her newest play, Safe, is currently in development as part of The Emanuel Fried New Play Workshop through the Road Less Traveled Theater in Buffalo, New York, where she is an ensemble member. Her play, Seeds, premiered there on March 1, on the heels of the 2010 smash world premiere The Couple Next Door, which broadwayworld.com called "...humorous and topical and hot..." 


A published journalist for more than 25 years, Donna has penned hundreds of feature articles for national media outlets from Woman's Day to Bride's. She continues to write and edit pieces for a variety of publications, while serving as editor of Buffalo Spree Home (buffalospreehome.com), a regional home and garden magazine.


As a crossword puzzle constructor, Donna's puzzles have appeared in dozens of publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Games magazine, and Simon and Schuster books. For the past 16 years, she has created weekly custom puzzles for both Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly, and has recently introduced Buffalo solvers to a monthly custom puzzle in Buffalo Spree, Western New York's regional magazine.


Her latest creation is the popular children's book, Neko and the Twiggets, a heartwarming story about the importance of music in our lives. Through Neko's journey, children as young as two can be introduced to classical music and learn to appreciate the beauty that sound creates in nature, on stage, anywhere. While this is Donna's first children's book, she knows her audience: She has four children of her own-two sets of twins!


  To discuss freelance writing or editing projects, custom crossword puzzles, or to secure play production rights, email donna@donnahoke.com.