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NPR calls award-winning storyteller Slash Coleman
"Extremely provocative and entertaining," and WGBH says
the NYC based author, "has the power to change the way
people think."

The author of “
The Bohemian Love Diaries,” the personal
perspectives blogger for Psychology Today, and an advice
columnist at howdoidate.com (
Ask Uncle Slash), Slash is
best known for his PBS Special
The Neon Man and Me and
is currently creating
The New American Storyteller for PBS.

Slash's performances have been featured in American
Theatre Magazine, Backstage Magazine, The Washington
Post, and most recently on the NPR series, "How Artist's
Make Money."  
I love writing as much as I do surfing, but neither makes me any better at Words with Friends, so please don't make me play.

My writing and performance career launched in 2005 when my PBS Special
The Neon Man and Me became a national hit seen by over
77 million viewers. In addition to winning the
2012 United Solo Award for Best Drama, the 2013 Storytelling World Award, and a Groucho
Award for Best Solo Performance, it also landed me on prestigious stages nationwide including: TEDx, The International Storytelling
Center, and Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival.

I typically shape my personal, true stories with poetic observations related to romantic relationships, American icons like Evel Knievel,
struggles to find a sense of home, and my family (which includes 8 artists,1 teacher, and a grandfather who was a dancer at the Moulin

Over the last decade, my storytelling work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, American Theatre Magazine
and multiple times on
NPR including the series, “How Artists Make Money,” where they admitted, “Slash has the power to change the
way people think," though my sisters have since changed the quote to read, “Slash has the power to change the way people think about

I consider myself an artist trapped in a jock’s body with a scientist's brain. I’m a French Fry devotee which makes sense because my
mother is from France, am crazy about boots which also makes sense because my father is a cowboy, could live in a Diane Arbus photo,
and have obsessions with photos of waves, epic love stories, and have seen
Great Expectations more than any other movie, even Moulin

I currently live in New York City where I split my time between performing and writing new material for the stage, film, and television whilst
searching for adventure with other artists and the future girl of my dreams.

Favorite Authors
Instagram made me a photographer, but my favorite authors made me a better writer. They include: Richard Brautigan, Norman Maclean,
CK Williams, Pat Conroy and James Frey, and if I was going to carve a bunch of heads into the author mountain I would ask an Italian
barber to shave Baz Luhrmann and Wes Anderson into Jonathan Ames’ beard so they could be included too.

Favorite Books
"Revenge of the Lawn" by Richard Brautigan, "A River Runs Through It" by Norman MacLean, "I Love You More than You Know" by
Jonathan Ames, "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey, “The Old Man and the Sea,” by Ernest Hemingway, "Travels with Charley" by John
Steinbeck, “Factotum” by Charles Bukowski,“Stranger than Fiction,” by Chuck Palahniuk, “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed

Favorite Music
My synesthesia makes listening to music an interesting experience with a current playlist that includes: Martin Sexton, Blossom Dearie,
Eminem, Bill Evans, 5 Times August, The Rabbles, Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Ryan Adams.
CONFERENCES:  TEDx, Oral History
Performance Cnf, Timpanagos Storytelling
Cnf, Nat'l Storytelling Cnf
Seeger's Clearwater Festival, Gimistory:
Cayman Islands Internat'l Storytelling Festival,
Nat'l Storytelling Festival  
NETA,  Nat'l Holocaust Museum, VA Museum
of Fine Arts,  Young Audiences
Columbia University, Virginia Tech
RESIDENCIES: Internat'l Storytelling Center,
Portland Story Theate
RISK!, SoundTrack Series, Adam Wade from
NH,  Yums the Word, Real Characters
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Love Diaries
Author Slash
coming of age
About Me in My Own Words
I share a name with a famous guitarist and a symbol found in grammar books and yes, I'm from
Virginia. And no, it’s not West Virginia just because you forget ;)

I’m actually from Richmond, also known as the Capital of the Confederacy, which I still consider home
and where we have an entire street lined with life-size statues of civil war heroes including one of
Arthur Ashe, the infamous African American confederate tennis star. It’s this sort of hometown
weirdness that played heavily into my writing “
The Bohemian Love Diaries.”