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April 28, 2022

Award-Winning Poet Celebrates African American Poetry

The Berry College Department of Creative Writing hosted an award-winning poet for a reading highlighting African American Poetry.

Lauren K. Alleyne is the author of multiple poetry books including “Honeyfish,” “Difficult Fruit” and “Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry.” The book “Furious Flower” is an anthology of poems by more than a hundred award-winning African American poets, including works by Jericho Brown who came to Berry for a poetry reading in 2019.

Alleyne’s work has been published widely in many journals and anthologies, including “The Atlantic,” “Ms. Muse” and “Women’s Studies Quarterly.”

Alleyne earned a B.A. in English literature from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, before receiving her M.F.A. in English and another in creative writing from Iowa State and Cornell University, in Ithaca, respectively.

She is an associate professor of English at James Madison University and the assistant director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and Editor-in-Chief of “The Fight & The Fiddle,” a poetry publication.

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Written by Public Relations Student Assistant Emily Perry


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