Lauren K. Alleyne
Lauren K. Alleyne is the author of two collections of poetry, Difficult Fruit and Honeyfish. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Ms.Muse, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Interviewing the Caribbean, The Crab Orchard Review, as well as many others. Recent honors for her work include the Phillip Freund Alumni Prize for Excellence in Publishing, the 2016 Split This Rock Poetry Prize, and a Picador Guest Professorship in Literature. She is currently Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and an Associate Professor of English at James Madison University.
Honeyfish posits that when you bring your body to a space, it is both an act of agency and one of faith. Through the lens of a Black immigrant woman—the poems’ lyric “I” and eye— this collection contemplates the shifting ground of legal, cultural, sociopolitical, historical, and personal landscapes in search of a place to stand. The poems wander and witness, wonder and grieve; they hold experience up to the light. This book asks: What does it mean to belong to a place? How does one make, find, leave and rediscover home?