Lauren Alleyne

Alleyne, Lauren

Lauren K. Alleyne (’08): Lauren K. Alleyne is the author of Difficult Fruit (Peepal Tree Press, 2014). Her fiction, non-fiction, interviews, and poetry have been widely published in journals and anthologies such as Women’s Studies Quarterly, Guernica, The Caribbean Writer, Black Arts Quarterly, The Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gathering Ground, and Growing Up Girl, among others. Her work has earned several honors and awards, most recently first place in the 2016 Split This Rock Poetry Contest, as well as Picador Guest Professorship in Literature at the University of Leipzig, Germany, and a 2014 Iowa Arts Council Fellowship. Alleyne is a Cave Canem graduate, and is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. She currently works at James Madison University as Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and an Associate Professor of English. www.laurenkalleyne.com