Persona Poems Workshop with Nicole Stellon O’Donnell

Join Fairbanks Arts for a writing workshop with Fairbanks poet and 2018 Alaska Reads author, Nicole Stellon O’Donnell


Saturday, April 21st from 1-4pm


Bear Gallery

(3rd Floor of the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts)
Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way Fairbanks, AK
Registration Fee: $25 for current Fairbanks Arts members/ $30 for non-members


About the workshop: 

In this workshop focused on writing in persona, you’ll explore writing in other voices. When poets consciously construct filters for their voices, they are freed to address the world directly. Sometimes you can be your true self when you’re wearing a mask. Other times you take shelter behind the mask long enough to discover exactly what you need to say when you’re ready to take it off. Whichever way works for you, you’ll generate new poems and take home drafts to polish.


About Nicole Stellon O’Donnell: 

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.

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell’s Steam Laundry, a novel in poems, is the official 2018 Alaska Reads selection. To learn more about Alaska Reads and Steam Laundry, visit the Alaska Reads website.