Claude Mayers is a Southampton resident who writes about his experiences
in the ocean, travelling about the world, meeting different people. He
is a health professional, has been a multidisciplinary DJ on WPBX
in Southampton (Classical to rock and roll to reggae to Soca to country
to blues) and similarly on WLNG in Sag Harbor. Last year he produced and
hosted a reading of the entire ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy on local
television that took one full year to complete in 103 1/2 hour shows
aided by 34 other readers from the Hamptons Cultural Community. He is
currently on the Board Of LTV in Wainscott that broadcasts from
Wainscott to all points east on the south fork of Long Island.
He recently had his Seventh annual Hamptons Reading, with actresses Sara Beck and Laura Flynn (of Amagansett and Sag Harbor, respectively) reading 3 poems of NYC's Victoria Sullivan, plus East Hampton artist and surfer Steve White, reading from his recent prose; Lutha Leahy-Miller also read his 'Homeless And Wandering' to musical accompaniment--Lutha is a 20 year old Southampton artist, surfer, DJ; Adrian Carty read From Thomas O'Crohan's __'Islandman' Adrian is an Irish mediaman from Dublin, Ireland. All this was captured on video, and will appear as a one hour television presentation entitled 'Claude Mayers And Friends Read At The Chrysalis Gallery, Southampton, October 12, 1996' on both PBTV and LTV, channels 27 both, by November 1, 1996 for multiple showings over the subsequent weeks for the entire East End from Orient Point to Eastport and Montauk back as far west as Wading River.
Mr. Mayers is also currently involved with organizing the upcoming 'Nuclear Free' Green Conference scheduled as an international event for early September 1997. His feature poem October 12 was entitled 'Plutonium Train Comin' Through Town At 3 A.M.' relating to the possible upcoming rail shipping of plutonium/ high level radioactive waste in inadequately tested casks holding up to 21,000 pounds of nuclear reactor core fuel assemblies scheduled to begin in 1998 should the House Of Representatives pass a similar bill to the Senate's S1936 passed July 31, 1996 authorizing this frightening scenario.
Mr. Mayers also has Lyme Disease, and has been through several harrowing therapy regimens to control his disease. Three of the personal poems were read during the Oct 12 reading, all to subsequent applause at their completion. The third, 'Ticks Everywhere' also included live ticks on the video screen released during a climactic turn of the poem to the mercy of three tick exposed East Enders armed with hammers.
Mr. Mayers is the father of two boys, is married to Brenda Miller, originally of Indianopolis, Indiana. He has been crowned Grand Master's surf champion of NY State. He lived in Hawaii for two years. He visits the Caribbean annually to surf, be surrounded by a clean healthy environment, eat fresh fish, and help out where he can, when allowed. During the latter 1970's he worked at Scarborough General Hospital in the Southern Caribbean. He also has worked in Botswana, Africa. Many of his poems and other writings reflect and record his experiences and feelings of a wild and full life lived in such unusual places. He graduated from Cornell University in 1967 with a B.S. Degree.