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Director, Furious Flower Poetry Center
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Assistant Director, Furious Flower Poetry Center

Office: Cardinal 104

Phone: (540) 568-2694

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry), Jan. 2006
Graduate Certificate in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Aug. 2005
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Masters of Arts in English and Creative Writing, Dec. 2002
Iowa State University, Ames, IA 
Bachelor of Arts in English, minor in Communication Arts (Magna Cum Laude, Honors), May 2001
St Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, NY

Lauren K. Alleyne is the author of two collections of poetry, Difficult Fruit (2014) and Honeyfish (2019), as well as co-editor of Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (2020). Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, The Atlantic, Ms. Muse, Tin House, and The Caribbean Writer, among others. Her most recent honors include a 2020 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Poetry, the longlist for the 2020 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, and the shortlist for the 2020 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Alleyne currently resides in Harrisonburg, VA, where she is a professor of English at James Madison University, and the executive director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center.


Honeyfish, Peepal Tree Press, Leeds, UK. 2019.

Difficult Fruit, Peepal Tree Press, Leeds, UK. 2014

(Chapbook) Dawn in the Kaatskills. Longshore Press, Pittsburgh. 2008



Gallery, The Dubuque Area Writers’ Guild Book Project, Dubuque 2011-2013

Telling Our Stories 2, The Social Justice Collective, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 2009

Before the Hospital: Qatar and the Tradition of Healing, with Autumn Watts, et. al., Qatar Foundation, 2008

From the Heart of Brooklyn, with Terry Quinn and Erin Bogart, Vivisphere, Poughkeepsie, 2002



“Poetry Workshop After the Verdict,” Resisting Arrest, March 2016

“A Gathering of Light,” The Grief Diaries, February 2016

“Ode to Fish-As-Weathervane” and “Elegy to Fish-As-Weathervane,” Women’s Review of Books, Jan 2016

“Madame X,” Feminist Wire, September 2015

“Poetry Workshop After the Verdict,” One, Issue 6, Summer 2015

“The Hoodie Stands Witness, and “Talking to the Dead,” Driftless Review, Issue 4 Winter/Spring 2015

“Gretel as Bard,” “Bedtime Story #1” Los Angeles Review, Vol. 16, Fall 2014

Excerpts from [Out], Knockout, Issue 5, Fall 2014

“How to Watch Your Son Die” and “Killed Boy Beautiful World,” Crab Orchard Review, Vol. 19 No1, 2014

“Those Among Us,” MiPoesia, April 2014

“Portal: Blue,” Folio, Vol29 Issue 1, 2014

“Post-Verdict Renga for Trayvon,” Los Angeles Review of Books, Winter 2014

“Eighteen,” Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, 2014

“Fifteen,” Prairie Schooner, Vol. 87, No. 4, Winter 2013

“When the Angels Come,” DBQ Magazine, October 2013

Selected Poems, Unruly Catholic Women: Vol 2, SUNY, October 2013

Selected Poems, IthacaLit, June 2013

“Dear Christopher,” Naugatuck River Review, February 2013

“What Night Knows,” Thethepoemoftheweek, February 2013

“Silent Dances,” “Ode to Ghosts,” “Ten most sacred places,” About Place, August 2012

“Dear Autumn,” “If, Sky,” “Talking to the Dead,” G’NAT Magazine, July 2012

Selected Poems, Let Spirit Speak: Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora, May 2012

“Little Birds,” “Why It Happened,” “The Face of It”, Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, August 2012

Selected poems, Imaginatio et Ratio, Vol 1, Issue 1, May 2012

“Small Graces: Poems” Small Axe V35, July 2011

“Love in B minor,” “To My Lover’s Partner,” and “The Place of No Dreams” Connotation Press, Nov. 2010

“18,” Split this Rock Poem of the Week, August 2010

“Grace Before Meals,” “John White Defends,” aspeers (Germany), Issue 3 2010

“How it Touches Us,” Southward, (Ireland), Feb/Mar 2010

“Ghazal in Arms,” “When There’s Only You,” “Sky from the Ground” Cimarron Review, Vol 176, Dec 2010

“No Questions,” “On the day,” “The Illusion of Closure,” “Reunion,” “Bend, Bend” No Tell Motel, Sept. 2009

“Landlocked,” “Mama Remembers Mayaro,” Melusine or Woman in the 21st Century, Summer 2009

“Love Poem with the Cane Fields (His)/(Hers)” and “It is not Impossible,” The Drunken Boat, Fall 2008

“Origin,” “Discipline,” and “Resolution,” Temba Tupu! May, 2008

“Wedding Vow,” “Self Portrait,” and “Last Rite,” Torch, Spring 2008

“Origin,” “When Mom Found my Vibrator,” Kennesaw Review, May2007

“The Village Queen,” New Writing: A Journal of the Teaching and Practice of Writing, (UK) Vol 4:1, 2007

Selected Poems, From the Heart of Brooklyn: Volume 2, Dec, 2006

“On The Most Depressing Day of the Year,” Bellevue Literary Review, Fall 2006

“Ash Wednesday,” “Fear and Trembling,”  “Veneration,” 2riverview, Summer 2006

“In a Maxi-Taxi On The Way Home From School,” Growing up Girl, April 2006

“Train Song,” Banyan Review, Spring 2006

“The Taste of Apples,” The Atlanta Review, Fall 2004; Gathering Ground, January 2006

“A Ghazal In Blue” & “No Body’s a Mystery” Black Arts Quarterly, Summer 2005

“Conversation” & “Little Longings,” Sexing The Political: A Feminist Journal of Sexuality, Vol. 3 Is 2, Sp 2004

“The Hardest Love Poem,” The Caribbean Writer Vol. 18, July 2004

“The Contract,” The Hampden Sydney Review, Spring 2004

“Desire,” Sexing The Political, Vol 3 Is 1, Spring 2003

“How to Speak of Home” The Caribbean Writer Vol. 17, July 2003

Selected Poems, From the Heart of Brooklyn (Dec, 2002)

“Untitled” and “Guilty,” Sexing The Political, Vol 2 Is 2, Fall 2002

 “Where the Heart Is” Des Moines National Poetry Festival Chapbook, May 2002



“Our Choices, Our Voices: Writing from within the War on Women” New York Arts Magazine, Dec 2012

“What Women Wear” Crab Orchard Review, Fall 2009

“A Grab Won’t Cure My Feminism” Sexing The Political, 2003; Women’s Studies Quarterly, Fall 2007

 “How To Leave Home” The Moveable Nest: A Mother Daughter Companion, Fall 2007

“Options for International Grads,” “How to be a Teaching Assistant,”, Spring 2001



“The Way the Body Goes” Guernica, Dec 2012

“The Boy Who Lived in a Glass House” Redbook, Dec 2010



“Shaping the World: An Interview with Toi Derricotte,” Femmeilterate, March 2016

“Making a Monstress: An Interview with Marjorie Liu,” Guernica, February 2016

“Seeding and Rooting the Writing Life: An Interview with Mary Swander,” Femmeliterate, October 2015

“Tending the Writerly Self: An Interview with Tracy K. Smith,” Femmeliterate, August 2015

“Salvaged Crossings: An Interview with Gauitra Bahadur,” Guernica, November 2014

“Does Truth Have a Tone? An Interview with Jamaica Kincaid” Guernica, June 2013



Winner, Split This Rock Poetry Prize, 2016

IthacaLit Journal establishes Lauren K. Alleyne/Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize, 2015

Picador Guest Professor, University of Leipzig, 2015

Iowa Arts Fellowship ($5000), Iowa Arts Council, 2014

John Stewart Research Award, University of Dubuque 2014

Finalist, Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, 2013

Edna Clarke Payne Fellow, A Room Of Her Own Foundation, 2013

Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Scholarship, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, 2013

Third Place, Split This Rock Poetry Contest, 2012

Finalist, Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poetry Contest, 2012

Second place winner, Iowa Poetry Society Prize, 2012

First Runner Up, Cave Canem Poetry Prize, 2011

Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, 2009, 2011

University of Missouri, Columbia Summer Seminars in Greece/Cave Canem fellow, 2011

First place winner, Small Axe Literary Contest—Poetry, 2010

Runner up, O’Donoghue Poetry Prize, Munster Literature Centre, Ireland, 2010

Finalist and Semi-finalist, Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize, 2009

Saltonstall Artist Colony Fellow, June 2009

Yaddo Fellow, May 2009

Faculty Grant, Center for Teaching and Learning, Hobart and William Smith Colleges ($1500), 2008

Work Fellow, Colrain Manuscript Conference, August 2008

Callaloo Writers Workshop participant, July 2008

Lester Lennon Scholarship Recipient, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, June 2008

Resident Poet, Jentel Artist Residency, May 2008

Qatar Foundation Undergraduate Research Experience Program Grant ($30,000), 2007

Robert Chasen Graduate Poetry Prize, Cornell, 2005

International Poetry Publication Prize Winner, Atlanta Review, 2004

Summer Fellow, Cave Canem Poetry Workshop, 2004, 2005, 2007

1st Place Winner, The Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest, 2003



Dixie State University, St. George, UT 2015

Waldorf College, Forest City, IA 2015

Spectra Reading Series, Midwest Writing Center, Quad Cities 2015

Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, 2015

Erfurt University, Erfurt, Germany, 2015

Worlds Festival, Writers Centre, Norwich, England, 2015

Writing Workshops in Greece, Thasos, Greece, 2015

Ipek University, Ankara, Turkey, 2015

FLUX FM, Berlin 2015

Word on the Street Festival, London Metropolitan Archives, London, 2015

Bad Language, Manchester Library, Manchester, England, 2015

Picador Reading, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, 2015

The Gretel Project, University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA, 2015

Women’s History Month Reading, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 2015

Single Voice Reading Series, Alleghany College, Meadville, PA, 2015

Featured Presenter, Davenport PEO, Davenport, IA, 2015

The Poetry Circus, Los Angeles, CA, 2015

Observable Reading Series, St. Louis, MO, 2015

Decorous Art and Poetry, Des Moines, IA, 2015

Black Poets Speak Out, Indianapolis, IN, 2015

Wisconsin Book Festival, Madison, WI 2014

Caribbean Poetry w/ Linton Kwesi Johnson, NYU Institute of African American Affairs, New York, NY, 2014

louderARTS Featured reader, New York, NY, 2014

Women Writers in Bloom Featured Reader, New York, NY, 2014

Iowa City Book Festival, Iowa City, IA, 2014

Voices from the Warehouse, Dubuque, IA 2014

University of Wisconsin-Platteville, WI, 2014

Carnegie Stout Public Library, Dubuque, IA 2014

BOCAS Literary Festival, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 2014

Pebbles, Bread, Bone: Excerpts from The Gretel Project, Chicago, IL, 2014

Literary Encounters: A Conversation with Lauren K. Alleyne & Jamaica Kincaid, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA, 2014

Concordia University, Chicago, IL, 2014

The Green Mill, Chicago, IL, 2014

Meramec Literary Festival, St Louis, MO, 2014

River Lights Book Store, Dubuque, IA, 2014

“Published! From Poetry Manuscript to First Book ,” AWP Writers Conference, Seattle, WA 2014

Interview on Art Talks with Bruce Carter, WVIK Augustana Public Radio, Quad Cities, IA Oct. 2013

This is What a Word Can Give” A Room of Her Own Foundation, Abiquiu, NM 2013

Scales Mound High School, Scales Mound, IL 2013

Naugatuck River Review Prize Reading, AWP Writers Conference, Boston, MA, 2013

Cave Canem Fellows Reading, AWP Writers Conference, Boston, MA, 2013

Patricia Smith and Friends Poetry Extravaganza, Caleb poetry club, Cambridge, MA, 2013

A Love of Words, eronel, Dubuque, IA 2013

Cave Canem Prize Reading, New York, NY October 2012

University of Dubuque Poet-in-Residence Reading Series, Dubuque, IA, September 2010, October 2011, 2012

Dubuque Area Writers Guild Reading, Dubuque, IA September 2012

Carnegie Stout Public Library, Dubuque, IA, April 2011

Word Cure Reading series, Dubuque, IA, August 2011

University of Missouri Summer Seminars in Greece, Serifos, Greece, July 2011

Poetry Society of America Lucille Clifton Commemoration, New York, NY,April 2010

Ars Poetica Exhibition and reading, Brooklyn, NY, March 2010

Torch: A Journal of African American Women’s Prose and Poetry Reading, Brooklyn, NY, November 2009

Joe Milford Poetry Show,, July 2009

Saltonstall Open Studio Reading, Ithaca, NY, July 2009

Cornell 100+5 years of Writers Reading, Ithaca, NY, March 2009

Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NY, March 2009

440 Gallery Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY, November 2008

Hobart and William Smith Faculty Reading Series, Geneva, NY, October 2008

Calalloo Poetry Workshop Participant Reading, St Louis, MO, August 2008

Jentel Presents, Sheridan, WY, June 2008

The Moveable Nest Mothers Day Reading, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, NY May 2008

Chatham University Chapbook Launch and Readings, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2008

Interview on Out of Bounds radio show with Tish Pearlman, Ithaca, New York, October 2007

“Do Not Deny Me Anger: The Story of Dame Van Winkle,” Literary Lecture Series, Doha, Qatar, 2007

“The Language of Illness,” Literature and Medicine Roundtable, Literary Lecture Series, Doha, Qatar, 2007

“Transgressive Lyrics: Slam poetry and Calypso,” Cultures of Carnival Symposium, Ames, Iowa, 2005

“Slam Poetry with Team Ithaca,” Conference on Languages and Literatures, Cortland, New York, 2004

“Three Women: Plath, Poetry and Rhetoric,” Feminism and Rhetoric Conference, Columbus, Ohio, 2003

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