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Lauren Alleyne to Serve as Judge for 2017 CPR Book Award

It is our very great honor to be able to announce that poet, essayist, and fiction writer Lauren Alleyne has agreed to serve as final manuscript judge for the 2017 Cider Press Review Book Award.

Lauren K. Alleyne is the author of Difficult Fruit (Peepal Tree Press, 2014). She holds an MFA in Poetry and a graduate certificate in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University, and an MA in English and Creative Writing from Iowa State University. Alleyne’s fiction, non-fiction, interviews, and poetry have been widely published in journals and anthologies such as Women’s Studies QuarterlyGuernicaThe Caribbean WriterBlack Arts QuarterlyThe Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review,Gathering Ground, and Growing Up Girl, among others. Her work has earned several honors and awards, most recently the Picador Guest Professorship in Literature at the University of Leipzig, Germany, a 2014 Iowa Arts Council Fellowship, and first place in the 2016 Split This Rock Poetry Contest. Alleyne is a Cave Canem graduate, and is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. She is currently Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and an Associate Professor of English at James Madison University.