Euro Pane’s Poet Laureate


That’s what I call him. And friend.


Lester Graves Lennon


“Fellow traveler at Euro Pane” is one thing he calls me.

“But, Lester is from Altadena!”, you may protest.  Hey, don’t believe everything you hear from the county!  The Altadeners are not a bunch of troublemakers.  A few may be tree-huggers, bikers, or cat-lovers, but otherwise that peculiar land to our north is filled with flag waving, law abiding, dog loving, literate, blogging patriots! And that wonderful newspaperman, T.R., who blogs over Altadena at his AltadenaBlog!

Oh, and some poets…


I have been called. Now, I must answer.
I have seen things, seen them with my heart;
been there, been part, been violator
and violated, been admiral
and his sailor.  I must bear witness,
leave safe harbor offered by silence,

–Lester Graves Lennon (excerpt from poem Things I Have Seen in his book of poetry The Upward Curve of Heaven & Earth. Story Line Press 2001)



Lennon is synonymous with words. Beatle & lyricist John Lennon’s song lyrics of half century past, and now, poet Lester Lennon.  There may be a blood relationship there, but I have neither the time or expertise for genealogical research.

I certainly no wordsmith. So, lemme try to get to the point.  Lester just had a new book of poetry published: My Father Was a Poet.

And of course, good people I know, doing good work, I try to give my good support.  His book tour across the country launches here in Pasadena this Sunday afternoon at his favorite cafe – Euro Pane.  It makes poetic sense for Lester to have his launch at Euro Pane: a major supporter of the SLake L.A. literary journals and LitFest Pasadena.  And Sumi deChef/Owner is a voracious reader herself, on a range of subjects, for a start.  I’ve found she happens to know a good deal about taste & food too. I’m no longer surprised what she is studying!




Who is this for?  Any of the following are especially invited:

Lester Grave Lennon friends/family/fanatics/followers
Euro Pane Bakery & Cafe friends/family/fanatics/first-timers
Poetry or Poet lovers
Those wanting to get into poetry
Readers or Book collectors
SLake readers
LitFest Pasadena lovers


Come on down to support a local writer/poet.



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I happen to have Lester’s first book of poetry – The Upward Curve of Earth & Heavens – and I have to say, this is one of the very few books of poetry I like enough to actually purchase! 

To meet and know Lester is to know a wise, educated, modest, good & humble person, to say the least.  We all need more of these type of people in our lives.  You have an opportunity this Sunday afternoon. Recommended. Come out to support our local authors, especially you Altadeners!


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9 responses to “Euro Pane’s Poet Laureate

  1. Thanks for writing about a local poet – and what a wonderful place for a reading. Sorry to have missed it!

  2. Thank you for educating me about what’s happening with Altadena residents. I mean it. I do not know Lester but now I very much want to. I’ll check out his book. Sorry I missed the reading at Euro Pane. They have the best macarons in town!

    • KB, when you’re not a writer, as I am not, one often writes on the strange side, to put it mildly. (Thankfully, I have an inspiring local scribes such as yourself to set my writing straight) But at least I did oK with the poets description.
      Get the Altadener’s book if you like poetry.