Lawrence (Larry) Lesser


El Paso, TX

Author's Bio

Larry Lesser is a UTEP Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at El Paso. As an undergraduate, he took a transformative upper-division poetry seminar from Susan Wood. Since then, Lesser has published around 90 poems and 130 songs. Many of his poems and songs intersect with mathematics/statistics (and he has given talks/readings, co-organized contests and national conference readings, and written peer-reviewed articles on these connections).  His published poetry spans over a dozen different journals or anthologies (e.g., Talking Writing, BorderSenses Literary Magazine, Poetica Magazine, etc.), as listed in He has taught full-time for 3 universities and a high school, worked for a nonpartisan legislative agency, co-authored textbooks, won national and statewide teaching awards, and directed a teaching center that served an entire university. His album ( of original nonliturgical songs based on Jewish text/culture is a Finalist for Album of the Year in the 2021 New Mexico Music Awards. He and his spouse currently live in El Paso with their hairless rescue dog Kelev.

Publications & Prizes

Prizes won: 

two poems selected by Albuquerque Poet Laureate Mary Oishi for inclusion in the 2021 National Endowment for the Arts ‘Big Read’ event hosted March 15, 2021 by Thomas Branigan Memorial Library; 2nd-place in poetry category of 2021 CAUSE A-mu-sing Competition; winners in the 2021 National Limerick Day contest sponsored by the National Museum of Mathematics; 1st-place in non-student category of ASA Day Haiku Contest, 2020; 3rd-place in The Ink Poetry Contest, 2005.  Also, he has won 20+ lyric/song awards, including 1st-place in 2015 Pi Day of the Century lyric contest sponsored by the National Museum of Mathematics.


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Houston, TX
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Last update: Jul 08, 2021