Bernadette Mayer (1945–2022) published her first book when she was twenty-three years old. For many year she lived and worked on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. She was the Director of St. Mark’s Poetry Project from 1980 to 1984. Mayer taught at Naropa Poetics Institute, New School for Social Research, College of Staten Island, and New England College. She received grants and awards from: PEN American Center, Foundation for Contemporary Performing Art, The NEA, The Academy for American Poets, and American Academy of Arts and Letters.