The World’s Shortest African American Story
The last Sistuh alive sat alone in a cell. There was a lock on her womb. [End Page 700]
Wanda Coleman has been a Guggenheim fellow, Emmy-winning scriptwriter, former columnist for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and recipient of a 1989 California Arts Council grant in fiction. Her stories have appeared in Obsidian III, Other Voices, and Zyzzyva. Her books include A War of Eyes and Other Stories; Bathwater Wine, winner of the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; a novel, Mambo Hips & Make Believe; and Mercurochrome: New Poems, which was a bronze-medal finalist for the National Book Award. In 2003–04, she became the first literary fellow of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. More fiction from Coleman can be found in her double-genre collections, Heavy Daughter Blues and African Sleeping Sickness, and in her story collection, Jazz and Twelve O’Clock Tales.