Congratulations to Jacqueline Allen Trimble on her NEA Creative Writing Fellowship!

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that Nora’s Playhouse’s board member and Co-Literary Curator Dr. Jacqueline Allen Trimble is one of 35 writers who will receive an FY 2021 Creative Writing Fellowship of $25,000. This year’s fellowships are in poetry and enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Fellows are selected through a highly-competitive, anonymous process and are judged on the basis of artistic excellence of the work sample they provided. Trimble was selected from 1,601 eligible applicants. The full list of FY 2021 Creative Writing Fellows is available here.

Trimble is a Cave Canem Fellow and a 2017 Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in various journals including The Louisville Review, The Offing, and Poet Lore and in anthologies which include The Night’s Magician: Poems About the Moon, edited by Phillip C. Kolin and Sue Brennan Walker and the forthcoming The Beautiful, a collection of fifty poets representing fifty states.  In addition to her academic work, she also writes essays, such as “A Woman Explains Why Learning Poetry is Poetry and Not Magic Made Her a Poet,” which appeared in the anthology Southern Writers on Writing. Published by NewSouth Books, American Happiness, her debut collection won the 2016 Balcones Poetry Prize. Recently Trimble has turned her attention to television, writing five episodes for the South African soapie, Die Testament, which aired in September 2019. Trimble holds the B.A. in English from Huntingdon College and the M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Alabama.  She is Professor of English and chairs the Department of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University

Trimble joined Nora’s Playhouse as an Artistic Associate in 2017 and served as the Associate Dramaturg for our 2018 co-production of A Doll’s House at Montgomery, Alabama’s Cloverdale Playhouse. In 2020, she joined our board and she and Dr. Sharon Friedman (NYU Gallatin) were named Nora’s Co-Literary Curators.


‘Earth is Cancelled’ Original Monologue Competition starts August 25!

All of humanity has been upended amidst a global pandemic and mass protests. In the US, we are also facing great odds to secure fair and safe elections in November.

On this 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, Nora’s Playhouse encourages you to protest with the power of art! We are calling on the women of Earth to:

1. Create and perform an original monologue characterizing an experience of life since COVID-19. This can be from personal experience or imagined through someone else’s eyes.

2. Record a performance of your monologue (no more than 5 minutes long), and

3. Submit directly to our official Earth is Cancelled Facebook event by Monday, September 7 at 11:59 EDT to be considered in one of our two prize categories: Fan Favorite and Critics’ Pick. (The event will go live on the morning of Tuesday, August 25… stay tuned for the link.)

We encourage you to get to work on your piece now! Our Fan Favorite will be decided by the monologue with the most likes. The sooner you post your submission once the event goes live, the better your chances of winning! We want your magnificent work to get maximum exposure!

Our Executive Board at Nora’s will vote to decide which submission is the Critics’ Pick.

The two winners will be announced on Thursday, September 10. The winning monologues will be re-posted to Nora’s Facebook page and each winner will receive a $50 cash prize. Nora’s Playhouse will also make a $50 donation in each winner’s name to Equal Justice Initiative.

Nora Salon

The Nora Salon on Zoom: “Cowboys Are Waiting For Me in Montana” on June 24th!

We can’t yet gather in person for any theatre, so we are turning our postponed salon reading of Leah Kornfield Friedman’s Cowboys Are Waiting For Me In Montana (originally scheduled for3/20) into a virtual gathering happening Wednesday, June 24th! We hope you will join us online for an informal reading and some friendly conversation on ZOOM!

It’s the 4th of July. It is also the 45th wedding anniversary of Bride and Groom. When Groom comes home to reveal that he has been fired, Bride panics. But the couple decides to uphold their annual tradition anyway and journey through “The Notebook.” This detailed record of milestones and the wild range of emotions that has accompanied their decades long marriage, reveals Bride’s frustrations with her role as a wife and mother and her unquenchable thirst for change, adventure, and escape. Witness the “flotsam and jetsam” of Bride and Groom’s lives in Leah Kornfeld Friedman’s Beckett-esque one act, Cowboys Are Waiting For Me in Montana.

The Nora Salon:
Cowboys Are Waiting For Me in Montana

Wednesday, June 24th at 7pm (EDT) on ZOOM

Please email to add your name to the guest list and receive the Zoom link for this online reading.