Poet, Wanda Coleman

Wanda Coleman grew up in Los Angeles in Watts in the 1960s. She witnessed the 1965 Watts Riots, and the 1992 Rodney King riot. We invited her into the KCRW studios to share some of her poetry, which we are also playing on air this week as we look back on the civil unrest. “The Riot Inside Me” was published in 2003 and Coleman says she wrote it in response to the Watts Riot and the Rodney King Riot. Take a listen, below.

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  • Peace, Wanda Coleman (November 13, 1946—November 22, 2013) | East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines said:

    […] experienced on a number of levels at once. “I knew,” she remembered in her astonishing essay “The Riot Inside Me,” “that the second I entered the classroom, I would face the ongoing ridicule garnered by my kinky […]

  • WitnessLA.com » Blog Archive » With Gratitude to Wanda Coleman: 1946 – 2013 said:

    […] you’d like to hear a bit more of Coleman’s work, listen to this 2012 reading on KCRW of some of what she wrote in response to the Watts and the Rodney King […]

  • AlYoung.org » Blog Archive » WANDA COLEMAN | November 13, 1946 – November 22, 2013 | In Memoriam said:

    […] April 26, 2012 by Caitlin Shamberg | Comments (2) | […]

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