Reading by poet Jacqueline Allen Trimble to be held Nov. 3

Published: October 19, 2022

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The public is invited to a reading by Jacqueline Allen Trimble, author of “How to Survive the Apocalypse,” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill.

“How to Survive the Apocalypse” examines the many apocalypses that African Americans have weathered, advising that those who wish to avoid annihilation should “live by rage and joy and turpentine.” Trimble reimagines the sonnet and the parable, producing poems of ironic indictment and joyous celebration. The book explores aspects of the Black experience in America, from Black woman pride, Nat Turner, kneeling and the burning down of fast-food restaurants.

Trimble lives and writes in Montgomery, Alabama. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, a Cave Canem Fellow and an Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Fellow. “American Happiness,” her debut collection, won the Balcones Poetry Prize.

Her work has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including Poetry Magazine, The Offing, The Louisville Review, The Rumpus and Poet Lore. She is a professor of English and chairs the Department of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University.

The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben St. in Auburn. For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit

Submitted by: Maiben Beard