Nicole Stellon O’Donnell

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell is a National Board Certified Teacher English teacher who presently serves as an Instructional Coach, creating professional development for teachers across the school district. Her varied teaching experience includes large traditional high schools on the road system, a small school in a remote village only accessible by small planes, and a school housed inside a youth detention facility. As a recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, she lived in South India and spent time working with and observing Indian teachers as they shared poems with their classes.

She is also the author of three collections of poetry, including the just released, Everything Never Comes Your Way (Red Hen/Boreal 2021). Her writing has won an Alaska Literary Award, a Boochever Fellowship, and an Artist Fellowship from the Rasmuson Foundation. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Zyzzyva, Redivider, and other literary journals.

If you make it to Fairbanks, you might find Nicole riding her lavender e-bike around town, picking raspberries, walking her dogs (and cat!) on the trails, snowshoeing, and hanging out with her partner and their two daughters.