in conversation with a.j.k. o’donnell

6:00 p.m.

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present poet and activist a.j.k. o’donnell and her new book This Void Beckons. “in conversation with a.j.k. o’donnell” is a part of the This Void Beckons Book Tour series presented by the Colin Higgins Foundation and the Nebraska Writers Collective. o’donnell’s second literary collection, This Void Beckons, has been deemed “a dazzling epic of creative genius; a sumptuously detailed, soul-searching, thought-provoking, poetic odyssey of self-examination and self-discovery” and “a work that is sorely needed at this point in history”. The event will include conversation with o’donnell about her collection, dialogues with audience Q/A, concluding with a meet and greet afterward for book signings.

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Through a collection of poems, constructed as a narration of prose, This Void Beckons recalls the progression of human ancestry, the legacy it has left, and contemplates notions of what the future holds. Richly investigating the themes of dignity deficiencies, current and past cultural oppression, and the vitality of human solidarity, you are granted entrance to this ancient path. Accompanied with a guide, you walk where morality, collective human spirituality, and individual introspection collide. Occurring on the abstract plane of human consciousness, This Void Beckons administers a remarkable, never-ending tale.


a.j.k. o’donnell is an acclaimed American author, poet, speaker and award-winning activist. Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1997, she began writing works before the age of eight. She is the author of the collection Nicoteane and Other Foolish Mistakes, the short story “Confessions of a Fearful Soul”, and the narrative collection This Void Beckons.

She was a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Youth Courage Award, presented by the Colin Higgins Foundation, honored as an Outstanding Young Omaha Teen in 2015, and the 2014 Maha Poetry Festival Champion. In 2017, she was a contributing writer with The Huffington Post, penning the ongoing series, “A Life in Transitions”.

When she is not writing, which is quite the rare occasion indeed, she can be found at familiar, cozy coffeehouses, walking in parks near her home, and watching cars drive by from her apartment windowsill. Her third work and debut novel, What the Crevice Holds, is forthcoming from Cracked Jar Press.

She currently resides in the Midwest, where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural and Literary Studies.



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