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Lauren K. Alleyne was born and raised in the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In 1997, she left home to attend St. Francis College in New York, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. In 2002, she graduated with a Masters degree in English with a specialization in Creative Writing from Iowa State University, and in January of 2006, was awarded the Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing (Poetry) and a Graduate Certificate in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University. She is currently the Poet-in-Residence and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dubuque, in Dubuque, IA.