Gerald L. Coleman will visit Kenyon Sept. 21 - 22. Coleman is a prolific multi-award winning writer of poetry, science fiction and fantasy novels and a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets Collective.

Please join us for a reading in the Community Foundation Theater, located in the Gund Gallery, on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 4:30 p.m.

Assistant Professor of English Orchid Tierney will also moderate a conversation with Coleman on Sept. 22 from 11:10 a.m. to noon in Lentz House 204. If you are interested in attending the conversation, please fill in this form to express your interested, although it is not required to attend.

Coleman was born in Lexington and now makes his home in the Atlanta area. He did his undergraduate work in philosophy, English and religious studies, followed by a master's degree in theology. He is the author of the epic fantasy novel series "The Three Gifts," which currently includes "When Night Fall (Book One)," "A Plague of Shadows (Book Two)" and the upcoming "When Chaos Reigns (Book Three)."

Coleman's poetry has appeared in Pluck!, the Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, Drawn To Marvel: Poems From The Comic Books, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel Vol. 18, Black Bone Anthology, the 10th Anniversary Issue of Diode Poetry Journal, About Place Journal, and Star*line Vol. 43, Issue 4. His speculative fiction short stories have appeared in "The Cyberfunk Anthology" ("The City"), "The Roaring Lion Anthology" ("Rococoa"), "The Urban Fantasy Anthology" ("Terminus" and "Terminus 2"), "The 2019 JordanCon Anthology" ("You Want Stories?"), "Dark Universe" ("Bright Empire"), "CyberFunk!" by MVMedia, "The JordanCon 2022 Anthology" ("Neither Endings Nor Beginnings") and "Whether Change" ("The Revolution Will Be Weird").

Coleman's essays appear in the Polish language Con-Magazine: KONwersacje, Apex Magazine 127, and the Hugo nominated Fanzine: Journey Planet. He has also been a guest author at DragonCon, Boskone, Blacktasticon, JordanCon, Atlanta Science Fiction & Fantasy Expo, SOBSFCon, The Outer Dark Symposium, World Horror Con, Imaginarium, and Multiverse. He is a Scholastic National Writing Juror, co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, an SFWA member, a Rhysling Award nominee and a recipient of the Hero of the Horn Award at JordanCon.

Coleman is currently working on new editions of "When Night Falls," "A Plague of Shadows" and writing book three in an epic fantasy series entitled "When Chaos Reigns."

This event is sponsored by the Department of English, Richard L. Thomas Professorship, and the Faculty Lectureships Committee.