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Associate Director Angela Alaimo O’Donnell Publishes Recognized Biography and Other Essays and Poems

Associate Director Angela Alaimo O’Donnell’s recent book, Flannery O’Connor: Fiction by Faith (Liturgical Press 2015) was named Best Biography of the Year by the Catholic Press Association. Her seventh collection poems, Sill Pilgrim, will be published in 2017 by Paraclete Press. O’Donnell also wrote and published several essays and reviews, including a review essay of Marilenna Robinson’s Gilead trilogy and a study of the poetry of Native-American / Catholic writer Louise Erdrich. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. In addition, two of her poems appear in The Bedford Introduction to Literature. Prof. O’Donnell presented papers at several literary conferences, including an essay on “Altars to the Unknown God: Poetry’s Religious Impulse” at Notre Dame’s Transcending Orthodoxies Conference, and “Annunciations” at Loyola Chicago’s Denise Levertov Conference. She chaired a panel at The Conference on Christianity & Literature at Montreat College, North Carolina and a panel devoted to “Poetry & Memoir” at the Writing the Rockies Conference in Gunnison, Colorado. O’Donnell delivered an invited lecture, “Between the House & the Chicken Yard: The Life & Legacy of Flannery O’Connor” at Notre Dame University, and was a featured reader at the Robert Frost Farm’s Hyla Brook Poets series. 

John Seitz Launches Two Books and Publishes Piece on a Seminary in Boston

John Seitz, Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham Lincoln Center, reports the successful launch of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker and the highly-successful launch of Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax, by Michael McGregor. Both Books are part of the Catholic Practice in North America series, co-edited by John and Angela Alaimo O’Donnell. John also published “What better place?” Refiguring Priesthood at St. John’s Seminary, Boston, 1965-1970,” U.S. Catholic Historian 33:2 (Spring 2015), 49-82.