Finally Tackling a Crappy Situation
Stuart's Interview on C-SPAN
Stuart H. Coleman's writing has been published in Men’s Journal, Salon.com, Sierra Magazine, Spirituality & Health, The Surfer’s Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, Honolulu Magazine, Hawaii Magazine, Charleston Magazine, and others. His work has received national recognition, winning a number of writing honors such as U.S.C.’s Waring Award for Creative Writing, the Cades Award for Literature, and the Excellence in Non-Fiction Award from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association. His poems have been published in such journals as The Atlanta Review, The Formalist, and Yemassee, the latter of which awarding him the Yemassee Award for Best Poetry. Coleman is the author of the award-winning book Eddie Would Go (MindRaising Press, 2002, St. Martin’s Press, 2004) and Fierce Heart (St. Martin’s Press, 2009).
Coleman co-founded Books & Spirits, a "literary saloon", where he facilitates intimate boozy conversations with best-selling authors over literary-themed libations. Such conversations have been held with Pulitzer-Prize winning authors William Finnegan and Adam Johnson, as well as Jaimal Yogis, David Helvarg, and Marcus Eriksen.
Coleman has been a featured guest speaker at the UN Environmental Program in Costa Rica, the East-West Center, the Ko'olau Writers Conference, 6th International Marine Debris Conference, Hawaii Conservation Congress, Rotary Clubs, and, most recently, at the IUCN World Conservation Congress.
For more than a decade, Coleman taught creative writing and literature at Punahou School, Iolani School, and the University of Hawaii. From 2004-2009, he worked as the Service Learning and Leadership Coordinator at the East-West Center, working with graduate students from across the Asia-Pacific region. He held the position of Director of Communication at the educational non-profit, College Connections Hawaii, and later served on its Board of Directors.
In 2000, Coleman joined the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental non-profit dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. In 2009, Coleman became the first Hawaii Manager of the Surfrider Foundation, overseeing five Chapters and hundreds of volunteers across the state. He has led coalitions to help shape policy and pass landmark legislation to reduce pollution of Hawai‘i’s coastal areas, including the nation’s first and only bill to create smoke-free beaches & parks and the first bill to ban oxybenzone in sunscreens. Stuart also helped pass legislation to reduce wastewater pollution and mandate the upgrade of cesspools across Hawaiʻi. In 2019, Stuart Coleman co-founded WAI (Wastewater Alternatives and Innovations) to protect water resources, reduce sewage pollution, and restore healthy watersheds by providing innovative, affordable and eco-friendly solutions to waste and wastewater management for all people.
He currently serves on the state’s Cesspool Conversion Working Group and on the Advisory Board of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Sea Grant Program.