Difficult Fruit Press




Announcing The Lauren K. Alleyne/Difficult Fruit Poetry Contest from IthacaLit !!


“It is with great confidence in her beautiful voice that IthacaLit editors chose to honor the poet, Lauren K. Alleyne, in naming the annual IthacaLit Poetry Prize. Ms. Alleyne's voice speaks with a bright precision that brings forth both the sweetness of the fruit & the difficulty of our history.”

                                      -- The Editors, IthacaLit


Read more and submit here.



Alleyne is Summer 2015 Picador Guest Professor at University of Leipzig!


Alleyne named Iowa Arts Council 2014 Arts Fellow


Jamaica Kincaid reads from Difficult Fruit


Muzzle Mag Review of Difficult Fruit


Small Axe Review of Difficult Fruit








If you're seeking a personal poetry experience, Ms. Alleyne can provide this and more in her book. It's like sitting at home with an old friend, reminiscing on life . . . Readers will enjoy this body of work because of its unconventional approach and Alleyne’s personal touch is just enough for readers to understand that she's writing from the heart. Take the plunge and enjoy a piece of Difficult Fruit.

— Leslie Haídez De Jesús

QBR The Black Book Review



Difficult Fruit, Lauren Alleyne’s debut collection, has many virtues. Alleyne, a Trinidadian resident in the US, has a clear eye, a firm grasp of her material (emotion, place, politics) and an evident discipline in execution, which respects form, style, and antecedents.

 — Raymond Ramcharitar

Trinidad and Tobago Guardian



Copyright 2013 Lauren K. Alleyne | Difficult Fruit | Red Olive Creative Consulting