Lauren K. Alleyne hails from the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Her fiction, poetry and non-fiction have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Black Arts Quarterly, Women's Studies Quarterly, The Caribbean Writer, The Crab Orchard Review and Belleview Literary review, among many others. Her debut collection, Difficult Fruit, was published in February 2014 by Peepal Tree Press.
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 specialisation 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.
A Cave Canem graduate, her work has been awarded many prizes, including the 2010 Small Axe Literary Award, a 2012 Lyrical Iowa Award, the Atlantic Monthly Student Poetry Prize, an International Publication Prize from The Atlanta Review, two Dorothy Sargent Rosenburg prizes and The Robert Chasen Graduate Poetry Prize at Cornell. She also recieved honourable mentions in the 2009 Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize and the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.
She is currently the Poet-in-Residence and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dubuque, in Iowa.