February 19, 2014 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Pacific Beach Hotel
Linda Collard, Executive Director

Stuart has had two life long passions—
writing and surfing. Coleman moved to
Hawaii in 1993 to pursue teaching, writing
and surfing. The son of a minister,
Stuart was baptized as a surfer in the
small waves of Charleston, S.C. Surfing
helped him overcome his childhood
fears of tidal waves and drowning.
While taking a unique course called
“Cultures of the Pacific” in school, he began dreaming about
living in Hawaii some day. After graduating from the University
of South Carolina’s Honors College, Coleman moved to
Los Angeles for bigger surf and better career opportunities.
In L.A., he worked as an arts editor for an entertainment
magazine. Returning to the East Coast in 1991, he studied
at American University’s Creative Writing Program and received
an MFA degree. In 1993, Coleman finally realized his
dream of moving to Hawaii. In the islands, he soon learned
about the legendary Eddie Aikau, the man who rode swells
the size of tidal waves and saved hundreds of lives from the
deadly surf. It was working on Eddie Would Go that allowed
Coleman to pursue his passions for surfing and writing.
As a writer, Coleman has been published in numerous publications,
including Men’s Journal, Salon.com, Sierra Magazine,
SpiritualityHealth.com, Surfer’s Journal, The Washington
Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, Honolulu Magazine,
Hawaii Magazine and Charleston Magazine. Coleman has
won a number of writing honors, including U.S.C.’s Waring
Award for Creative Writing and the Writer-in-Residence position
at St. Albans School. His poems have been published
in journals like The Atlanta Review, The Formalist and The
Hawaii Review. Coleman is the author of the award-winning
book Eddie Would Go and Fierce Heart, which was released
on April 30, 2009.