Wanda Coleman, 25th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Wanda Coleman

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center Chandler Recital Hall

Author/Artist Bio

Wanda Coleman's poetry collections include Imagoes, Heavy Daughter Blues: Poems & Stories, A War of Eyes & Other Stories, African Sleeping Sickness: Stories & Poems, Hand Dance, Native in a Strange Land: Trials & Tremors, and a novel, Mambo Hips & Make Believe. Her work has appeared in over 70 anthologies, including Breaking Ice, The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, and The Norton Anthology of African-American Literature, Best American Poetry, and The African American West: A Century of Short Stories. She was the first African American to receive an Emmy for daytime television writing, and her fiction currently appears in High Plains Literary Review, Obsidian III, Other Voices, and Zyzzyva. Love-Ins with Nietzsche: a memoir, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her most recent book, Mercurochrome: New Poems was a bronze-medal finalist in the National Book Awards 2001.


Tuesday, October 1st, 2002 at 8:00 p.m.

Two African-American writers reach deep into their professional experiences for often stark, and always moving, events. In a severely restricting world, breakthrough is the goal. One writer, Wanda Coleman, is an award-winning poet and the other, George H. Williams, is president of the City College of New York.


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