Links to individual stories, essays, and other work can be found here.
“How do you pick your mom up from jail? How do you mourn the death of your grandmother, who was both a powerfully seductive and vital force in your life, but at the same time, awful and tragic? How do you wait three months for your premature twin babies to get out of the NICU without going mad from fear and guilt? With a strong voice that is at times sparse and direct, at other times poetic and knowing, Tyrese Coleman confronts these and other questions in this beautiful debut collection, How to Sit. In these stories and essays, she uncovers a paradoxical truth: that sometimes it’s the more difficult things that you can face with surprising bravery and it’s the things that are supposed to come “easy” that are the hardest to learn. How to Sit is, at root, a reflection on how to live. How to both accept and transcend your past. Coleman excavates her personal history, sometimes in stories handed down from past generations, sometimes in DNA results, and she discovers that it’s the act of writing itself that can free her from her family, her guilt, maybe even herself. For Coleman, there is ‘no way to escape except to live her own fiction.’”
—David Olimpio, Author of This Is Not a Confession
Works in Progress:
Tyrese is seeking representation for the following works in progress.
In the tradition of essay collections that examine the sick body, such as Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams or Eula Bliss’ On Immunity: An Inoculation, my short story collection, Sugar, will examine the stories of characters who have dealt with the consequences of diabetes. Examples of pieces included in this collection are:
- “Uncle Pug.” 1:1000, July 2015.
- “Elegy for a Dying Toe.” Forthcoming
Brown Grove is a collection of stories centered around an extended black southern family on the outskirts of a small town. Examples of pieces included in this collection are:
- “Tuna.” Day One. January 2017.
- “Keisha.” Forthcoming.