Wanda Coleman


Born
in Los Angeles, California, The United States
November 13, 1946

Died
November 22, 2013

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Coleman was born Wanda Evans, and grew up in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles during the 1960s. She received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The NEA, and the California Arts Council (in fiction and in poetry). She was the first C.O.L.A. literary fellow (Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, 2003). Her numerous honors included an Emmy in Daytime Drama writing, The 1999 Lenore Marshall Prize (for "Bathwater Wine"), and a nomination for the 2001 National Book Awards (for "Mercurochrome"). She was a finalist for California poet laureate (2005).

Average rating: 4.17 · 1,696 ratings · 111 reviews · 29 distinct worksSimilar authors
Mercurochrome: New Poems

4.25 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 2001 — 3 editions
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Bathwater Wine

4.33 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 1998 — 3 editions
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A War Of Eyes And Other Sto...

4.27 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 1988 — 3 editions
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Heavy Daughter Blues: Poems...

3.81 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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African Sleeping Sickness: ...

4.03 avg rating — 31 ratings — published 1979 — 3 editions
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The World Falls Away

3.84 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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Ostinato Vamps: Poems

4.25 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 2003 — 3 editions
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Riot Inside Me: More Trials...

4.57 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 2005
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Jazz and Twelve O'Clock Tal...

3.65 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2007
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Imagoes

4.24 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 1983 — 2 editions
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“Many have referred to [Lewis] Carroll's rhymes as nonsense, but in my childhood world — Los Angeles in the '50s — they made perfect sense.”
Wanda Coleman, Riot Inside Me: More Trials and Tremors
tags: poetry

“walk on the inside away from the curb / no public displays of affection / when you call, let the phone ring twice / hang up and then dial again”
Wanda Coleman, Heavy Daughter Blues: Poems and Stories, 1968-1986

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