Rayon Lennon was born in rural Jamaica; he moved to New Haven County, CT, when he was 13. He currently resides in New Haven. He holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Southern Connecticut State University. He holds a master’s degree in Social Work and works as an Adolescent Psychotherapist. His work has been published widely in various literary magazines, including, The Main Street Rag, StepAway Magazine, Folio, The Connecticut River Review, The African American Review, Noctua Review, Indianapolis Review, The Connecticut Review, Callaloo and Rattle. His poems have won numerous poetry awards, including the ($10,000) 2017 Rattle Poetry Prize contest for his poem “Heard” (the poem was chosen out of 15000 contest entries and nominated for a Pushcart Prize); His poem, “Heaven Tree,” was nominated for Best of the Net by the Indianapolis Review in 2018. He won the Folio Poetry Contest for three consecutive years–2007, 2008, and 2009. He won the Noctua Review Poetry Contest in 2014 and 2015. He also won Rattle’s Poets Respond contest in 2015. His first book of poems, Barrel Children, was released in March, 2016, by Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Barrel Children was a finalist for the 2017 Connecticut Book Award for best poetry book. Rayon is close to completing his new poetry book—Homeless at Home; he is also working on a verse novel—Four Paths.
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