Angela Alaimo O’Donnell is a writer, poet, and professor at Fordham University in New York City where she teaches English, Creative Writing, and American Catholic Studies. She also serves as Associate Director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. O’Donnell is a graduate of Penn State University and holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in English Language & Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
O’Donnell is the author of 8 books of poems.
1. Andalusian Hours: Poems from the Porch of Flannery O’Connor (Paraclete Press 2020) is a collection of 101 poems that channel the voice of fiction writer Flannery O’Connor.
2. Still Pilgrim (Paraclete Press 2017) is a collection of poems on the theme of pilgrimage. The book has been nominated for the Christianity & Literature Book of the Year Award.
3. Saint Sinatra & Other Poems (Word Press 2011) is an eclectic collection of poems about “saints,” both real and rogue. The book has been nominated for the Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing.
4. Moving House (Word Press 2009) is a collection of poems, many of them autobiographical, engaging the theme of not being at home in the world.
5. Waking My Mother (Word Press 2013) is a collection of elegies focused on the relationships between mothers and daughters. The book was selected as one of the five best poetry collections of the year by The Christian Century.
6. Lovers’ Almanac (Wipf & Stock 2015) is a collection of poems exploring the many kinds of love human beings engage in.
7. Waiting for Ecstasy (Franciscan University Press 2009) is a chapbook of poems about the desire for holiness.
8. Mine (Finishing Line Press 2007) is a chapbook of poems that explores the things and people we claim but cannot own. The poems are set in Northeastern Pennsylvania coal country where the author grew up.
O’Donnell’s poems have appeared in many journals, including Alabama Literary Review, America, Christian Century, Comstock Poetry Review, Concho River Review, First Things, Hawaii Pacific Review, Mezzo Cammin, New Texas, Pedestal Magazine.com, Post Road, Potomac Review, Relief, RUNES: A Review of Poetry, String Poetry, The Nepotist.org, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Wisconsin, Vineyards, Windhover, and Xavier Review. She has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Web prizes, and was a finalist for the Foley Poetry Award, the Elixir First Book Award, and the Mulberry Poets & Writers Award.
O’Donnell is the author of 4 books of prose.
1. Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O’Connor (Fordham University Press 2020) is a study of race in the writings of Flannery O’Connor.
2. The Province of Joy (Paraclete Press 2012) is a book of hours based on the theological imagination of Flannery O’Connor. The book illuminates the relationship between O’Connor’s Catholic faith and her devotion to her craft as a fiction writer
3. Mortal Blessings (Ave Maria Press 2014) is a memoir that explores the makeshift sacramental practice we invent in caring for those we love. The book received a first place award from the Catholic Press Association in the category of books devoted to family life.
4. Flannery O’Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith (Liturgical Press 2015) is a brief biography and introduction to the work of Flannery O’Connor exploring the connection between her faith and her imaginative life. This book received a first place award from the Catholic Press Association for Best Biography of the Year.
In addition, O’Donnell writes essays about poetic craft, contemporary poetry, the nexus between faith and art, and literature in the context of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Her essays and reviews have appeared in journals such as America, Commonweal, Mezzo Cammin, Studies in Philology, Spiritus, and Christianity and Literature and have been included in a variety of collections and anthologies.
O’Donnell is also a former columnist for America magazine and continues to contribute articles and essays devoted to books & culture to the journal.