WRITTEN BY MARIYA ZARETSKY

Alumna Lauren Alleyne will read from her collection of poems entitled Difficult Fruit on Friday, April 4 at 4:00 p.m. in room 6214.

Alleyne graduated from SFC in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She also earned Master’s degrees in Creative Writing from Iowa State University and Poetry from Cornell University.

Difficult Fruit was published on February 24, 2014 by Peepal Tree Press. It is her first collection.

The collection is about growing up with many struggles. Alleyne writes about sexual violence, loss, love, and transformation from childhood to adulthood.

Alleyne has written multiple essays and poems that have been published in journals such as The Caribbean Writer, Growing Up Girl, Gathering Ground, and The Crab Orchard.

In an interview with Nicelle Davis, Alleyne compared poetry to ice cream.

“Poetry is like ice-cream. It completes joy, but is also a natural remedy for heartache. You can enjoy it in all its flavors, and yet its essential nature doesn’t change. It’s good for your bones, will delight your tongue, and I don’t know about you, but it makes me a happier human being,” Alleyne said according to ConnotationPress.com.

She is currently a Poet-in-Residence and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dubuque in Iowa.

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