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Writers’ Reel: Remembering Poet Wanda Coleman

Long regarded as Los Angeles’s unofficial poet laureate, poet Wanda Coleman passed away this week at 67. Her words and life touched many in the literary community. Watch her speak about writing poetry and read from her work as part of the Poetry.LA interview series.

“I had to write around the edges. I had to find times when it was quiet. When I was a single parent, I could get up at 4 o’clock in the morning and maybe I’ll have two to three hours to write. I hated to have my time wasted standing in line at the bank, at the post office, getting ready to pay for my groceries. I had that notebook out, making notes for poems.”

Read more about Wanda Coleman here.