Alaska Reads 2018 Kickoff Celebration

Fairbanks Arts’ Literary Series 2018 is pleased to present:

A reading and reception with Fairbanks poet Nicole Stellon O’Donnell, author of the official 2017-2018 Alaska Reads selection: Steam Laundry.


Thursday, March 1st at 6 PM

Noel Wien Public Library

1215 Cowles Street Fairbanks, AK 99701

This event is free and open to the public.


Alaska Reads is a statewide reading initiative with the goal of bridging the vast distances of our state by bringing together a living Alaskan author with readers in a variety of communities. During March and April, Nicole will travel to libraries, schools, and community events throughout the state to meet readers.

Come by and join the book talk, meet the author, learn about her Alaska book tour, and get the chance to win your own signed copy of Steam Laundry!


Nicole Stellon-O'Donnell

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.

Her poems have appeared  in Prairie Schooner, Passages North, Bellingham Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Women’s Review of Books, Redivider, Zyzzyva, and other literary journals. Her essays and commentaries appeared in the  Anchorage Daily News on the Alaska Public Radio Network. 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.  In 2014, she served the winter writer-in-residence at Denali National Park.  She spent the spring of 2016 in South India as a recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching. She teaches English at a school for incarcerated youth. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Alaska Reads is a program of Fairbanks Arts Association in partnership with Alaska Center for the Book and is funded in part by the Stroecker Foundation, the Alaska State Library, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts.