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Angela Alaimo O’Donnell teaches English Literature, American Catholic Studies and Creative Writing at Fordham University in New York City, and serves as Associate Director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, an interdisciplinary certificate program for undergraduates who are interested in learning about the Catholic intellectual tradition. Before coming to Fordham seven years ago, she taught for 18 years at Loyola University Maryland. 

O’Donnell has published four books of poems: two chapbooks, MINE (2007) and Waiting for Ecstasy (2009), and two full-length collections of poems, Moving House (2009) and Saint Sinatra & Other Poems (2011). Her poems appeared regularly inAmerica, Christian Century, Christianity and Literature, The Cresset, First Things, Hawaii Pacific Review, Italian Americana, Potomac Review, Riverwind, RUNES: A Review of Poetry, Vineyards, Xavier Review, ThePedestalMagazine.com, Valparaiso Poetry Review and Windhover, among other publications. In 2012, O’Donnell published The Promise of Joy: Praying with Flannery O'Connor, a book of hours based on the prayer life of Catholic fiction writer, Flannery O’Connor.

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, Anglican Theological Review, Commonweal, Studies in Philology, Christianity and Literature and have been included in a variety of collections and anthologies.  Her essay on “Poetry & Catholic Themes” was recently published in Teaching the Tradition, edited by John Piderit, SJ, and Melanie Morey (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Arts & CultureIdeas
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
The bullfight enacts the human drama each of us participates in.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
If the rich are different from you and me, how much more different, then, are royalty?
Arts & CultureOf Other Things
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
Helpless Catholic that I am, I have a confession to make. I am a Bruce Springsteen devotee.
Of Other Things
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
An intimate glimpse into the lives of two parents whose son was killed on Sept. 11.
Theater
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
A classic by Flannery O’Connor comes to life.
 Marilynne Robinson
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
Reading a Marilynne Robinson novel is like going to church. Her books put us into conversation with the Bible, “a great ancient literature” (her words) whose powerful stories reveal their meanings gradually in multiple and ongoing ways. They posit a community of people who take their fai
Of Other Things
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
The author would be 90 years old today.
Of Other Things
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
‘There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.” These famous words of Thomas Merton convey the vision he experienced standing on a street corner in Louisville, Ky., on March 18, 1958. It was 10 years and nine months before his untimely death, bu
Faith in Focus
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
Each day after her mother's fall had its attendant rituals, including an offering of key lime pie.
Of Other Things
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
The play 'Grand Concourse' refuses to simplify the cause or cure for spiritual desolation.