Photo of J. Lester Allen reading at The Linda

Talking With Poets: J. Lester Allen at The Linda


J. Lester Allen is an American writer and poet. Originally hailing from the Central Pennsylvania region, he currently calls the waterfall-rich holler of Ludlowville, NY home. He published his first collection of poems, The Days Carnivore, in 2008 and has since published three other collections of poetry and short stories, most notably This Is a Land of Wolves Now (Kung Fu Treachery 2019). A fourth collection, Beyond The Wounded Horizon, a split effort with fellow poet James H. Duncan, is also available on Alpine Ghost Press.

On July 27, 2022, he was one of the poets who shared their work at The Linda as part of a two-night event series presented by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild, Hobo Camp Review, and Trailer Park Quarterly. That night, Allen’s poetry covered topics from growing up with his brother and single dad, friends who have passed, and why a raccoon might be in his apartment.

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