Lauren K. Alleyne

Iowa, United States

Member Since: 04/21/2013

Lauren K. Alleyne holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry, and a Graduate Certificate in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University. Her fiction, poetry and non-fiction has been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Black Arts QuarterlyWomen’s Studies Quarterly, The Caribbean WriterThe 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 from The Atlanta Review, and honorable mention in the 2009 Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize and the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.

Lauren is currently the Poet-in-Residence and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dubuque, and is moderator of the Dubuque Area Writers Guild.

Twitter Username: @poetlka


  • Dawn in the Kaatskills , Longshore Press (February 2008)
  • From the Heart of Brooklyn , Vivisphere Publishing (January 2003)


  • Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Scholarship(2013)
  • Edna Payne Clarke Fellowship(2013)
  • Cave Canem Book Prize- Honorable Mention(2010)


  • Poet-in-Residence & Assistant Professor at University of Dubuque (August 2010 - )
  • Assistant Professor of English at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (August 2007 - August 2010)
  • Lecturer at Chatham University (June 2007 - July 2007)
  • Writing Center Coordinator at Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar (August 2006 - May 2007)
  • Lecturer at Cornell University (August 2005 - August 2006)


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing-Poetry from Cornell University (January 2006)
  • Certificate in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University (May 2005)
  • Master of Arts in English-Creative Writing from Iowa State University (December 2002)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English from St. Francis College (May 2001)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry