GLCA Writer 2021

Reading Event

Aaron Coleman

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
7:00 p.m.

Join the 2020 GLCA New Writers Award winner, Aaron Coleman,
as he reads from his award winning book, Threat Come Close.

Aaron is a Kalamazoo College grad, class of 2009.

Aaron Coleman is the author of Threat Come Close (Four Way Books, 2018) winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and St. Trigger (Button, 2016), selected by Adrian Matejka for the Button Poetry Chapbook Prize. Aaron is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the J. William Fulbright Program, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the American Literary Translators Association. He has lived and worked with youth in locations including Spain, South Africa, Chicago, St. Louis, and Kalamazoo. His poems and essays have appeared in publications including Boston Review, Callaloo, The New York Times, the Poetry Society of America, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series. Aaron is currently a PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, where his research focuses on translation’s role in vivifying relationships between Afrodescendant writers across the African diaspora.


Here are a few links to his poetry:

A three minute video where he talks about the book and reads an excerpt.

A video of Aaron reading a poem from his book

A text and audio of another poem from his book at