I have to take a minute this week to congratulate my friend Jacqueline Trimble on having her new volume of poems, American Happiness, to be named Best Book of 2016 by the Seven Sisters Book Awards. It is available in hardcover for $21.95, from NewSouth Books.
I’ve gotten to hear Jackie read from American Happiness twice in the last year: the first time when my students and I hosted her during the Three Mondays of Poetry program last April, and again at the book release event at the Fitzgerald Museum in Old Cloverdale. Not only are the poems in the book, “written with passion and beauty,” her readings enhance them even more. Among the brief remarks under the award announcement, the Seven Sisters folks had this to say, too: “With truth and loveliness, these poems will take your breath away.”
The guidelines of the Seven Sisters Book Awards are as follows:
Books must be authored or co-authored by a woman. Co-authored books are eligible for the awards, but a female author must have played a significant role in authoring the book.