Upcoming Events & Readings

2022 has come in roaring for me on the creative writing front. I will be attending and featured in a number of poetry readings throughout January and February. If you’d like to attend any of these events, below is a list. All of these are scheduled in EST.


Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. – For the Love of Books Podcast Interview

Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. – Guest Appearance: Between the Lines Podcast

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. – Brown Bag Talk: Feats of Alchemy, HLC

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. – GAS Poetry Reading

Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. – Alien Buddha Press Live Reading on Twitter

Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. – Meet Michigan Poet Donny Winter! (Reading)


Thank you all for your endless support! Keep writing, friends!

Cyber Monday: Support LGBTQ+ Writers & Artists!

It’s Cyber Monday everyone! If you can, please support LGBTQ+ artists and writers during this holiday season. You can snag copies of my books Carbon Footprint and Feats of Alchemy on Amazon!

If you are wanting an alternative to Amazon, my books are also sold by Leopard Print Books!

Carbon Footprint (2020) and Feats of Alchemy (2021), available on Amazon and Leopard Print books!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Poetry Reading, Nov. 19, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. EST

Tune in on my DonnySpeaks YouTube channel for a full-length, virtual poetry reading featuring selections from my latest poem collection, Feats of Alchemy. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. and will last until 9:00 – 9:15 p.m. I’ll be reading poems, sharing tidbits about the creation process of the book, themes, and will have a Q&A toward the end. Follow the video link below to set a reminder if you’d like to attend:

Follow this link to tune in for the poetry reading on Nov. 19.

Feats of Alchemy – Summary

Feats of Alchemy – Cover art and back cover contents.

In his sophomore collection of poems, Donny Winter takes readers on a perilous adventure through a futuristic and dystopian world. His experimental free verse poems use science fiction, natural, and pop cultural images to metaphorically illustrate his experiences as a gay man navigating the different obstacles society presents after coming out. These poems create a cyberpunk inspired, symbolic world centered around the cyborg, Solus Arcane, who seeks to understand their existence free of oppressive forces and strives to unlearn the programming given to them by their oppressive creator. Together, our bodies are welded and soldered by the forces of those seeking to silence, erase, or oppress. Feats of Alchemy acts as a circuit board connecting us with pathways toward a self-sovereignty beyond artifice. 

Feats of Alchemy – Out Oct. 22 – Alien Buddha Press

“Feats of Alchemy” – Cover Art Reveal

I’m excited to reveal the cover art of my upcoming, second collection of poems, Feats of Alchemy. This collection will be released by Alien Buddha Press on Friday, October 22, 2021. Special thank you to my artist and dear friend, Seth Stang, for creating this wonderful piece. Stay tuned for more news!

Feats of Alchemy, poems, by Donny Winter

“The Earth’s Still Breathing,” an Upcoming Poetry Reading

I am excited to announce that the Friends of Roethke foundation has invited me to perform selections from my poem collection, Carbon Footprint, during a weekend-long celebration of the Theodore Roethke House/Museum’s re-opening in Saginaw, MI. It’s an honor to be featured as the first night’s reader considering Roethke has been a significant inspiration in my own work. Additionally, this marks my first live (in person) poetry reading ever. This event is outside and on Thursday, August 12 at 8:00 p.m.

The Earth’s Still Breathing, a poetry reading featuring Donny Winter

Poetry Reading (with Donny Winter)

Special thank you to Pages Promotions LLC for facilitating a poetry reading June 8, 2021 featuring performed selections from my book, Carbon Footprint. Considering it is Pride Month, it was an incredible opportunity reading some of my poems themed around the LGBTQ+ experience. If you are interested in watching the reading, access it through the video link below. Thank you for all the support!

Watch the reading here.

Celebrating Arbor Day – A Virtual Poetry Reading

Celebrating Arbor Day – A Live Poetry Reading from Carbon Footprint

Tune in on April 30, 2021 from 7:00 – 7:45 p.m. on my poetry YouTube channel. I’ll be reading selections from my book of poems, Carbon Footprint, to celebrate Arbor Day. All my personal royalties made throughout the month of April from people purchasing the book will be donated to the Arbor Day Foundation, which is an international tree conservation non-profit. Happy National Poetry Month and let’s help keep this planet green with poetry.

The reading will be held at this live stream link: