Madison Caucus for Gender Equality

Lauren K. Alleyne - poetry reading

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

4 p.m.
Madison Union, room 405
This event is free and open to the public.

“... uncommon spiritual knowledge ... as well as political discernment ... through a troubled world and an imagined heaven ...” —Carolyn Forché

The Furious Flower Poetry Center presents prize-winning poet Lauren K. Alleyne reading from her debut collection, Difficult Fruit. Her writing reveals a personal story of love and loss, violence and connection. Looking at the past as a way of grappling with the present, according to Alleyne, the poems show “movement through fracture—both necessary and unwarranted—toward wholeness and transformation.” In her hands, even a public tragedy takes on an air of intimacy:

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Alleyne is Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and Associate Professor of English at James Madison University.


About the poet, from Alleyne's website: Lauren K. Alleyne hails from the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry and a graduate certificate in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University. Alleyne’s fiction, poetry and nonfiction have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Black Arts Quarterly,Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Caribbean Writer, The Crab Orchard Review, Belleview Literary Review, The Banyan Review, Let Spirit Speak, Guernica, Growing Up Girl and Gathering Ground, among others. A Cave Canem graduate, her work has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 2010 Small Axe Literary Prize, a 2012 Lyrical Iowa Award, an Atlantic Monthly Student Poetry Prize, an International Publication Prize fromThe Atlanta Review, and honorable mention in the 2009 Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize and the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. [Prior to joining the faculty at JMU, she was] the Poet-in-Residence and an assistant professor of English at the University of Dubuque.


This event at JMU’s Madison Union, room 405, is free and open to the public.

Guests do not need a permit to park in Lot C4. All parking regulations for JMU students, faculty and staff will remain in effect, and students attending the event are required to park in appropriate student parking lots with a JMU parking permit.

Regular enforcement will continue in other parking lots, and you may receive a parking citation if parked in restricted lots. Parking is prohibited in specialty spaces such as Service Vehicle spaces, handicap spaces without proper permit, or expired meters. Parking is also prohibited in Fire Lanes.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the William M. King Foundation and
presented in partnership with the Center for Multicultural Student Services.

Furious Flower Poetry Center at JMU

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