Originally from Charleston, S.C., Stuart H. Coleman is a writer, teacher, surfer and environmental organizer. He is the author of Eddie Would Go and Fierce Heart (St. Martin’s Press) and a recipient of the Cades Award for Literature and the Excellence in Non-Fiction Award from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association.
Stuart is on the Advisory Board of Green Magazine and has written articles for publications like Men's Journal, Salon.com, Sierra Magazine, Hawaii Magazine, Spirituality & Health and others. He has received writing fellowships from the Mesa Refuge Program and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony and is working on a new book called The Fourth Wave: The Power of Nature and Personal Transformation.
While earning his MFA in Creative Writing at American University, Stuart served as the Writer-in-Residence at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. Since moving to Hawaii, he has taught creative writing and literature at Punahou School, Iolani School and the University of Hawaii-Manoa. After working as the Service-Learning & Leadership Coordinator at the East-West Center, Stuart became the first Hawaii Coordinator of the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental non-profit dedicated to protecting our oceans, beaches and coastal areas through a powerful activist network.
For much of my life, I have carried a deep secret about who I was and what I believed. My family and close friends knew about my struggle, but for the most part, I kept my identity and beliefs to myself. Embarrassed and ashamed, I came to the conclusion that...