Nicole Stellon O’Donnell

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Steam Laundry and You Are No Longer in Trouble. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Passages North, and other literary journals. She received both an Individual Artist Award and an Artist Fellowship from the Rasmuson Foundation, as well as a Boochever Fellowship and an Alaska Literary Award from the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation. Her teaching has been recognized with a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching and a Heinemann Fellowship. She lives and writes in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Steam Laundry

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell

Publication Date: March 1, 2012

$19.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1-59709-228-9


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.


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