Lester Eugene Mayers
Many Voices Fellow
Minneapolis, MN
Biography

Lester Eugene Mayers is a Brooklyn native, a graduate of the Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz, and an MFA graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Gay-Black-feminine, and a feminist, Mayers tackles issues that have historically been ignored by the public. He has been published by the Huffington Post, Arsenal Pulp Press, LAMBDA LITERARY, Chronogram, Sojourner Truth Library, Colorado’s Boulder Weekly, and I Am from Driftwood LGBTQ archive.

He has performed at many universities & theaters, including SUNY Oswego, Pace University, University at Buffalo, and Delta State University, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Denizen Theater & Unframed Artist Gallery. Including online virtual readings and workshop facilitation.

His first book, 100 Poems for 100 Voices, resulted in a sold-out poetry tour and a poetry album available on iTunes, Spotify, and Tidal. Reception of four awards, including the Visionary Award from the National Advancement of Colored Woman Organization and two New York State proclamations. His second book of poetry, African Booty Scratcha (lovin da ashy-blaq fat chall wit yella teef, peasy head & a broken smile), debuted in November 2019. Mayers recently published a new critical examination book entitled A Spring of Gay-Black-Feminine Joy: A Critical Moment February 2021.