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Linda Mayfield-Hayes grew up in the Red Hook housing projects, of Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Kingsborough Community College with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Data Processing.
Linda began writing poetry in her early teens, but soon abandoned her craft. She didn't lift her poetic pen again until 2003, almost forty years later. Since then, she has published two poetry chapbooks, "Life is a Roller Coaster" and "Life is a Roller Coaster 2". Linda has done poetry readings at Barnes & Noble, The Queens Central Library, Stain, and at Valarie's Sophisticated Soul Food. She has also performed at Sista's Place with the legendary Louis Reyes Rivera and the Jazzoets. Online, she goes by the pen name of Slendah. Her poetry has appeared on websites such as Mr. Africa, Soulful Chemistry, E-LiteraryCafe, NubianPoets, Black-Poetry, The Black Poetry Cafe, PostPoems, and TimBookTu. She has been the featured poet at Poeticnites and MotivateAMind. Her poems have also appeared in several anthropologies.
Linda currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her son