Steam Laundry

Red Hen Press 2012

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell’s first collection, Steam Laundry, won the 2013 WILLA Literary Award for Poetry. Her next book, You Are No Longer in Trouble, a memoir-in-flash about being a teacher, a student, and a principal’s daughter is forthcoming in March 2019 from the Marie Alexander Series. Everything Never Comes Your Way, a collection of poems, will be published by Boreal Books in 2020.

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Author Nicole Stellon O'Donnell

Steam Laundry

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell’s first collection, Steam Laundry, won the 2013 WILLA Literary Award for Poetry. Her next book, You Are No Longer in Trouble, a memoir-in-flash about being a teacher, a student, and a principal’s daughter is forthcoming in March 2019 from the Marie Alexander Series. Everything Never Comes Your Way, a collection of poems, will be published by Boreal Books in 2020.

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Bridging vast distances through a shared story...

#AlaskaReads

Steam Laundry

Red Hen Press 2012

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell’s first collection,
Steam Laundry, won the 2013 WILLA Literary
Award for Poetry. Her next book, You Are No
Longer in Trouble
, a memoir-in-flash about
being a teacher, a student, and a principal’s
daughter is forthcoming in March 2019 from the
Marie Alexander Series. Everything Never Comes
Your Way
, a collection of poems, will be
published by Boreal Books in 2020.

Read More

Bridging vast distances through a shared story...

#AlaskaReads

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Alaska Reads is a biennial statewide reading program that features a selected publication by a living Alaskan author.

An image of the cover of Nicole Stellon O'Donnell's Steam Laundry

2017-18 Alaska Reads Selection

Steam Laundry

by Nicole Stellon O’Donnell

Steam Laundry is a novel in poems based on the true story of Sarah Ellen Gibson, a miner’s wife during the Klondike and Alaska gold rushes. Her journey began as she followed her husband to Dawson City, Yukon Territory in 1898. She stayed there three years as the town’s boom and her marriage burned out. In 1903, she left her husband and sons to start over in Fairbanks, Alaska, with another man…read more

An image of the cover of Ernestine Henry's Blonde Indian

2015-16 Alaska Reads Selection

Blonde Indian

by Ernestine Hayes

Told in eloquent layers that blend Native stories and metaphor with social and spiritual journeys, this groundbreaking memoir traces the author’s life from her childhood growing up in the Tlingit community through her adulthood, during which she lived for some time in Seattle and San Francisco, and eventually her return home. Neither fully Native American nor Euro-American, Hayes encounters….read more

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