Lester Graves Lennon

LESTER GRAVES LENNON is the poetry editor for Rosebud magazine and an investment banker whose career in public finance exceeds 40 years.  His first book of poetry, The Upward Curve of the Earth and Heavens, can be found in 70 public and university libraries including the Los Angeles Public Library, Yale, Oxford and the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his B.A. in English.  His second book of poetry, My Father Was A Poet, was published in 2013.  His third book, Lynchings: Postcards From America, will be published in January, 2022.  Mr. Lennon sits on the board of directors of the Community of Writers and is a member of the Board of Visitors for the English Department at the University of Wisconsin. He is a past member of the board of directors for Red Hen Press and the Poetry Center at West Chester University. Then Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa credited Mr. Lennon with the idea of a Poet Laureate for Los Angeles. He was a founding member of the Mayor’s Poet Laureate Task Force and lives with his family in the Los Angeles megalopolis.