Steam Laundry

Steam Laundry is a novel in poems based on the true story of Sarah Ellen Gibson, the sixth woman to arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska, in the gold rush of 1903. Incorporating persona, narrative, and lyric poems—as well as historical photographs and documents—to tell Gibson’s story, Steam Laundry offers the reader the chance to try on the dusty, mining-town overcoat of Gibson’s life.

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell ( Author Website )

Publication Date: March 1, 2012

Genre/Imprint: Boreal Books, Poetry

$19.95 Tradepaper

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ISBN: 978-1-59709-228-9



Rain Taxi Review of Books features Steam Laundry

Julie Swarstad Johnson praises Nicole Stellon O'Donnell's Steam Laundry for it's poems that "soar with rich figurative language and inventive description".- "This unique debut collection presents not only images worth […]

Tottenville Review praises Steam Laundry

Rebecca Kuensting from Tottenville Review applauds Nicole Stellon O'Donnell's Steam Laundry.- "As captured by O’Donnell, Sarah has pluck and grace, and an undeniable stubborn streak that resonates, even as her […]

Alaska History finds Steam Laundry compelling

Deborah Poore Homer of Alaska History lauds Nicole Stellon O'Donnell.- "Her talent with metaphor and language, and her sense of poignant moments, leaves one pondering the immensity of a family’s […]

Cirque Journal applauds Steam Laundry

In a review for Cirque Journal, Ela Harrison Gordon praises Nicole Stellon O'Donnell's new poetry collection.- "This collection deserves a wider readership; deserves to be seen as more than an […]