Lauren Alleyne


Dubuque, IA
Iowa US

Author's Bio

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.

Publications & Prizes

The Movable Nest (Helicon Nine Editions, 2007)
From the Heart of Brooklyn Vol. 2 (Vivisphere Publications, 2006)
Gathering Ground (University of Michigan Press, 2006)
Growing Up Girl (GirlChild Press, 2006)
From the Heart of Brooklyn (Vivisphere Publications, 2003)
Atlanta Review
Banyan Review
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Black Arts Quarterly
Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review
Kennesaw Review
The Caribbean Writer
Women's Studies Quarterly
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Ms. Alleyne’s work has been awarded prizes such as the Small Axe Literary Award, two Dorothy Sargent Rosenburg prizes, the Atlantic Monthly Student Poetry Prize, The Robert Chasen Graduate Poetry Prize at Cornell, an International Publication Prize from The Atlanta Review, and honorable mention in the Gival Press Tri-Language Poetry Contest. She has been published in many anthologies and journals, including Gathering Ground, Growing Up Girl, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Banyan Review, 2 River View, Black Arts Quarterly, The Caribbean Writer, The Hampden-Sydney Review, Sexing the Political and Caribbean Tales, among others.

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Last update: Aug 03, 2012