Coleman is a Texas and Oklahoma native who came to Wisconsin by way of New York and Chicago.

He has enjoyed an adventurous career as a rebel, a nightclub manager, a chef, an international meetings industry poobah, a gay clinic CEO, a social activist and a software mogul. He is the founder and (former) artistic director of an outdoor stage where he produced five seasons of original plays submitted by playwrights from around the world. Coleman studied Theatre at Cornell University, Education at the University of Michigan and Finance and Human Resources at the University of Illinois/Chicago.

He is the author of a memoir (SPOKE) a collection of plays (FAUX POE) and a novel (KIDNAPPING HENRY KISSINGER). He received a Literary Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Council and is a three-time recipient of an artist-community collaboration grant from the Wisconsin Arts Council.

As a playwright, he has adapted numerous popular works for performance, including adaptations of A Christmas Carol, A Child's Christmas in Wales, The Creeping Man and The Diary of William Stephens and more than thirty of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories. 

Coleman is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and Playwrights Ink of Madison.

He was awarded a Literary Artist Fellowship in 2009 by the Wisconsin Arts Board, and WAB Artist-Community Collaboration Grants in 2007 and 2009.

"SPOKE is a true story.  It is written from my memories, from material in my substantial personal collection of letters and papers, from 900 pages of FBI files secured under the FOIA, from my mother's hospital records, from interviews and newspaper files, from court records, and from documents provided by the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Daniel and Phillip Berrigan Collection in the Cornell  University Rare Books Library."

Coleman and his husband live in the country in rural Wisconsin.

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Also by Coleman:

Faux Poe


14 modern tales of the macabre,

for performance or for your reading pleasure.

Kidnapping Henry Kissinger


A novel


Coleman, 2014  coleman@spokesinthewheel.com