Coleman, Anita Scott
(1890-1960) Noted early African-American, Afro-Hispanic writer of the Harlem Literary Renaissance period. Born in Mexico, daughter of a Buffalo Soldier and a woman born into slavery. Raised on a ranch near Silver City New Mexico. Graduate of the New Mexico Teachers College, worked as a teacher before becoming a writer. Winner of awards including the Robert Browning Poetry Contest. Author of short stories, silent film scenarios, and a children's book, The Singing Bells; author of the novel Unfinished Masterpiece. Stories and essays published in national publications including Half-Century Magazine and The Crisis and The Pittsburgh Courier. Author of numerous poetry collections including Small Wisdom and Reason for Singing. Two collections of her writing were published in 2008. Subject of a New Mexico State Historic Marker at the Silver City Visitor Center.