A Celebration of Wanda Coleman

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

          UCLA LIBRARY WRITER SERIES          

A Celebration of Wanda Coleman

Thursday, October 27

3 to 4:30 p.m.

Charles E. Young Research Library

Main Conference Room

This celebration of poet Wanda Coleman (1946-2013) will feature writers Tisa Bryant, Sesshu Foster, Douglas Kearney, Harryette Mullen, and Austin Straus, Coleman's husband of more than thirty years.

Coleman's thirty-year relationship with Black Sparrow Press resulted in twelve books in various genres, including Mad Dog Black Lady, Imagoes, Hand Dance, and Bathwater Wine, which won the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Considered the unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles, she also wrote short stories, novels, nonfiction, and plays as well as scripts for film and television, winning an Emmy for her work on Days of Our Lives in 1976.

UCLA Library Special Collections holds the Wanda Coleman Papers, which were processed in the Center for Primary Research and Training by Kim Calder, English Ph.D. candidate. This event celebrates the public availability of this remarkable collection; a focused display of items from the collection will be on view at the event. A reception will follow the program.

Above: Michael J. Elderman, photographer; Wanda Coleman, 1988

UCLA Library Special Collections, Wanda Coleman Papers


Admission is free. RSVPs are requested by October 21 to <events@library.ucla.edu> or 310.825.3985.

Complimentary parking in Structure Five

Enter campus at Royce Drive off off Sunset Boulevard. At the first stop sign, turn right on Charles E. Young Drive, then enter parking strucure five on your left. Tell the attendant you are attending the Wanda Coleman celebration. The Research Library is located northeast of the structure.