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. Mayers is a current Artist In Residence at SUNY OSWEGO 22-23. Gay-Black-feminine and a feminist, Mayers tackles issues that the public has historically ignored. 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, 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. In February 2021, Mayers published a new critical examination book entitled A Spring of Gay-Black-Feminine Joy: A Critical Moment. In August 2021, Mayers crafted a highly anticipated visual archive with SoMad.NYC entitled Love Lessons With Lester.
He is also a contributing writer in Between Certain Death and a Possible Future, featured on the List of the Most Anticipated in The New York Times, Oprah Daily, in The Millions, and The Rumpus. Mayers first play, Swallow From Both Ends; An Experience Not Written From A Distance, made it to the semifinals at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and will be due for publication in February 2023.
Social Media: MayersLester_ (insta and twitter.)