Steam LaundryPosted by admin on 7/12/12 • Categorized as Summer 2012
Red Hen Press
Pasadena, Calif., 2012
Sarah Ellen Gibson, the sixth woman to arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska, during the gold rush of 1903, comes to life in this new collection of poems by Nicole Stellon O’Donnell’93. By turns epistolary and illustrated with photos of the real-life Gibson and her firefighter husband, the works form a “novel of poems,” allowing readers to try on life in a dusty, turn-of-the-century pioneer town.
It’s a story that’s compelling and visceral, says former Poet Laureate of Alaska Tom Sexton. “This is a book that deserves to be read,” he says. “I could feel the bitter cold of the landscape and the desires and passions of the characters as I read poem after poem unable to put the book down.”
O’Donnell holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and has resided in Alaska since the mid-’90s. An Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation supported the writing of Steam Laundry.