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Jeff Coleman
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Delaware Poetry Review • Spring, 2013
Jeff Coleman

Jeffrey Lamar Coleman is the author of Spirits Distilled: Poems (Red Hen Press) and Words of Protest, Words of Freedom: Poetry of the American Civil Rights Movement and Era (Duke University Press). He also serves as poetry editor of The Journal of Hip Hop Studies, which will launch later this year. Coleman received his B.A. in Communications, with an emphasis in journalism and advertising, from Winthrop University in South Carolina, his M.F.A. in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in poetry, from Arizona State University, and his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. He teaches American literature and creative writing at St. Mary's College of Maryland and lives in St. Leonard, Maryland with his wife, Ynez, and two children, Nadia and Javier.

A statement from Jeff Coleman about this edition of Delaware Poetry Review


"Poetry in the Delmarva region continues to blossom and it has been my privilege to gather some of the area's most eclectic voices for this issue of Delaware Poetry Review. My goal was to locate gifted individuals who represent a range of experiences, from well-known and established writers, such as Nikki Giovanni, to talented, emerging poets who have the potential to fill our lives with beautifully expressive lines and stanzas for years to come.

"Caitlyn O'Flaherty, a recent college graduate, and Emante Washington-Mobley, a high school senior, fall in this category, as do the other poets collected here who fit within the broad poles of experiences represented by Giovanni and Washington-Mobley.

"All of the writers gathered here, as their poems make clear, are dedicated to their craft and deserving of increased attention. I hope this issue finds the eyes and ears of poetry lovers not only in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, but of those in other parts of the country and beyond."

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