is a writer, performer and producer. He is the author of a novel (Kidnapping
Henry Kissinger), a collection of short plays (Faux Poe), and
a memoir (SPOKE - A Mother, A Son, Civil Rights, Vietnam).
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. His full-length dark comedy,
Class, opened Alley Stage in 2007, and Faux Poe - a collection
of fourteen short plays inspired by Poe - was produced in 2009 and 2010.
Coleman is a member of the
of America, Playwrights Ink of Madison, and a board member of the
Council for Wisconsin Writers..
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.
Also by Coleman: