Donata is a graduate of Italian language and literature from the University of Melbourne. She has worked for over twenty-five years in hospitality, notably at the Mildura Grand Hotel. She is Chair of the Mildura Writers’ Festival Committee and, with New York poet and academic Paul Kane, has edited two books: 'Vintage: A Celebration of Ten Years of the Mildura Writers’ Festival' (2004) and 'Letters to Les' (2005). She is currently studying Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University in Melbourne. Joined 2017.