Angela Alaimo O’Donnell is a 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. Her most recent book of poems, Waking My Mother, was published in 2013, and a memoir, Mortal Blessings, published in 2014. Previous books include Saint Sinatra & Other Poems (2011), Moving House (2009), and two chapbooks: Mine (2007) and Waiting for Ecstasy (2009). Her poems have appeared in many journals, including America, Christian Century, Comstock Poetry Review, First Things, Hawaii Pacific Review, Mezzo Cammin., New Texas, Pedestal, Post Road, Potomac Review, RUNES, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Windhover, and Xavier Review. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Web Award, and was a finalist for the Foley Poetry Award and the Mulberry Poets & Writers Award.
In addition to writing poems, O’Donnell writes essays that engage literature and art in the context of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Her essays and reviews have appeared in journals such as America, Commonweal, Spiritus, Studies in Philology, Christianity and Literature and have been included in a variety of collections and anthologies. She is also a regular columnist for America magazine, where she writes on Books & Culture. O’Donnell lives with her husband in Bronxville, New York, and in some proximity to their three sons.