Assistant Professor of English Lauren K. Alleyne is the author of an autobiographical essay, “How to Leave Home,” that was included in “The Movable Nest: A Mother/Daughter Companion,” an anthology edited by Marilyn Kallet and Kathryn Stripling Byer and recently published by Helicon Nine Editions.
Alleyne's essay, set in the summer of 1997, describes her preparation to leave her home in Trinidad, the uncertainty of travel, the value of family and the importance of ritual and prayer.
The book is a collection of poetry, stories, creative nonfiction, and letters written by more than 50 outstanding women in contemporary American literature, “centered around the relationships between mothers and daughters, and examines how those relationships change with time and distance,” Alleyne said. Others contributors are former poet laureate Rita Dove, Lucille Clifton, and Alicia Ostriker.
Alleyne says, “I met Marilyn when I was a graduate student, she gave a paper and reading at a conference, and mentioned the anthology. We spoke briefly after her panel, and when I said I was working on a piece that was a good fit, she invited me to submit.” She and others will read selections from the anthology on Mother’s Day in New York City.
Alleyne holds a B.A. in English from St. Francis College, an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Iowa State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Cornell University. She has been a lecturer at Cornell and Chatham Universities and a writing center coordinator at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Her work has been published in several literary journals and anthologies, including “The Belleview Literary Review” and “Growing Up Girl.” This semester she is teaching Creative Writing, The Craft of Fiction, and Literary Consciousness.
Kallet received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University and taught creative writing and poetry in the HWS English Department from 1976 to 1981. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines and reviews.