Jacqueline Allen Trimble


P. O. Box 271 Alabama State University
Montgomery, AL 36101

Author's Bio

Jacqueline Allen Trimble lives and writes in Montgomery, Alabama, where she is professor of English and the chairperson of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University. Her work has appeared in various journals including  The Offing, Louisville Review, and Poet Lore, and her poetry collection, American Happiness, is published by NewSouth Books. The ironically titled book examines America’s refusal to grapple with hard truths, preferring instead the pretense that everyone and everything is just fine. Of the work Honorée Jeffers wrote, “I longed for her kind of poetry, these cut-to-the-flesh poems, this verse that sings the old time religion of difficult truths with new courage and utter sister-beauty,” and Randall Horton noted, “There is a jewel of a poet in the epicenter of Alabama who adeptly revisits the ugly of race, the power and legacy of familial bonds, the joys and beauty of growing up Southern—our complicated humanity.” She an Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Fellow and a Cave Canem Fellow.   American Happiness was named a poetry finalist and the Best Book of 2016 by the newly launched Seven Sisters Book Awards and won the 2016 Balcones Poetry Prize.

Publications & Prizes

American Happiness (NewSouth Books, 2016)
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Balcones Poetry Prize


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African American
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Columbus, GA
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Montgomery, AL
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Last update: Jun 24, 2019