Montgomery Botanical Gardens/AARP Host Literary Workshops

Montgomery Botanical Gardens, in cooperation with AARP, will host three workshops during the fall. The workshops, to be entitled Literary Workshops—Poetry and Storytelling in the Garden, will feature well known poet Dr. Jacqueline Trimble and acclaimed storyteller Joseph Trimble.

Sunday, September 18 —Writing What You Know: Who I Am and Where I Am From

Dr. Jacqueline Trimble will conduct the first workshop, which will take place September 18 at 3 PM in the Montgomery Botanical Gardens Wisdom Woods classroom. Dr. Trimble, a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, Cave Canem Fellow and Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Fellow, will guide participants ages 16+ to create poetry from life events they have already experienced. 

Dr. Trimble’s work has appeared in numerous journals which include Poetry Magazine, The Louisville Review, The Offing and Poet Lore.  American Happiness, published by New South Books, her debut poetry collection, won the Balcones Poetry. How to Survive the Apocalypse, her newest poetry collection, was recently published.

Currently a professor at Alabama State University, Dr. Trimble chairs the Department of Languages and Literatures.

Sunday, October 16—Telling Your Story

Telling Your Story workshop will be hosted by acclaimed storyteller Joseph Trimble at 3:00 PM in the Wisdom Woods classroom.

Mr. Trimble, who made his Playhouse debut in ‘Sweat,’ is a co-founder of the Alabama Storytelling Association and a member of the Central Alabama Storytelling Association. He received the 2013 Theatre Fellowship from the Alabama state Council on the Arts.

Additionally, Mr. Trimble is involved with the Alabama State. University National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture. He has written several books including Marty and the Million Man March and Marty Makes a Difference.

Sunday, November 20—Poetry Slam & Spoken Word

Share your talent or simply enjoy the talent of others in this open mike performance at 3:00 PM in the Wisdom Woods classroom.

Refreshments will be served at all three workshops.

Registration Required

Participation is limited. Registration is required for all three workshop sessions. Participants may register at AARP ( If additional information is needed, contact Montgomery Botanical Gardens: (

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