Born Donald Joe Baldwin Jr. in Pontiac, MI on June 27th, 1967, the son of Barbara Lee Baker of Marshall, MO and Donald Joe Baldwin of Bono, AR.
After his parents divorced at the age of two, his mother returned to Missouri and married Carl Henry Stone. Donald spent most of his early youth on the gently rolling flood plains of the Blackwater and Missouri Rivers in Cooper County just outside Pilot Grove, MO. The beautiful sprawling corn and wheat fields of central Missouri’s farm belt provide the backdrop for the poem titled: For Cara and Amy Renee.
At age 8, after the death of his step-father, Donald and his family relocated to Marshall, MO where he continued to live and attend school until his graduation from Marshall High School with the class of 1985.
Orpheus is Bleeding — Selected Works by Don J Baldwin is Donald's first published work and is available on Amazon. He is also the creator and illustrator of a series of children's books centered on a determined, strong-willed seven year-old tom-girl named Imogene Hurley. The character of Imogene is a composite of his younger sister Cara, step-sister Rose Wells, grade school sweetheart Georgeanna Scott, Calvin from the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, Beverley Cleary's Ramona, and Harper Lee’s courageous character named Scout from the classic To Kill A Mockingbird. Donald uses the antics of Imogene as an opportunity for children to explore positive, healthy solutions to complex social issues with esteem and confidence.
Affectionately known as “Joe” or “Donnie” by his friends and family. He currently resides in Portland, OR where he continues to find inspiration.