Caribbean Literature Seminar at University of Leipzig by Lauren K. Alleyne


A post by Peter Jordens.

USA-based Trinidadian Lauren K. Alleyne is the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at American Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany. Starting April 13, 2015, she will be teaching the seminar ‘Beyond the Beaches: A Survey of Contemporary and Classic Caribbean Literature.’ This seminar will discuss Anglophone work of Caribbean writers with the goal of learning the history, culture and contemporary issues facing this diverse and vital part of the world. Works include poetry, fiction, and non-fiction and there will be opportunities to interview authors writing in and about the Caribbean. Readings for the seminar include: A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid, The Dragon Can’t Dance by Earl Lovelace, Limbo by Esther Figueroa and Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat.

Lauren K. Alleyne will also be teaching an introductory workshop on poetry at Leipzig. She hails from the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. She holds an MFA in Poetry and a graduate certificate in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University. Alleyne’s fiction, poetry and non-fiction has been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Black Arts QuarterlyWomen’s Studies QuarterlyThe Caribbean Writer, The Crab Orchard ReviewBelleview Literary ReviewThe Banyan ReviewLet Spirit Speak, GuernicaGrowing Up Girl and Gathering Ground. A Cave Canem graduate, her work has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 2010 Small Axe Literary Prize, a 2012 Lyrical Iowa Award, an Atlantic Monthly Student Poetry Prize, an International Publication Prize from The Atlanta Review, and honorable mention in the 2009 Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize and the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Alleyne has also co-edited several literary collections, such as From the Heart of Brooklyn and the scholarly collection Before the Hospital: Qatar and the Tradition of Healing.  She has recently published her first collection of poetry, Difficult Fruit (Peepal Tree Press, 2014), to great critical acclaim. Alleyne is currently a Poet-in-Residence and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa, USA.

For more information, go to, or

2 thoughts on “Caribbean Literature Seminar at University of Leipzig by Lauren K. Alleyne

  1. In my humble opinion and understating the obvious Prof. Alleyne is teaching Afro-Caribbean Literature. Caribbean Literature for centuries had transcended language, gender, politico-nationalistic barriers and all the others impediments that still block our free diverse cultural expression by the powerful forces of literary apartheid controlling financially and editorially our right of expression, both of all Caribbean writers and , specifically, Afro-Caribbeans in all languages. Because of our right as human beings for self-expression and the hunger of exposure as being part of ‘the market” most of the time we are forced to capitulate in the most abhorrently shameful ways. Let us not claim for us both male, female, transgender, gay, homosexual, aged or the rest of the sexually identifying appellatives or preferential designations the individual accolades, professional areas of literary accomplishment or spaces of cultural and educational dissemination in which we are not going to be able to perform. it looks to me that Prof. Alleyne seem to be mis-representing her area of expertise according to this REPEATING ISLANDS (WEBPAGE PUBLICATION) Internet info-article. But like my HIP HOP friends say : LET It SLY ! I

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s