Steve Colman

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Steve Colman is an award-winning poet, playwright, producer, and director born in 1970.


Colman was the inaugural poet on the Peabody Award-winning television series Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam on HBO.[1] He co-wrote and co-starred in the Tony Award-winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway."[2][3] Colman co-conceived and assistant directed Sarah Jones’s 2006 Tony Award-winning show Bridge and Tunnel, which was originally produced Off-Broadway by Meryl Streep.

His theater work, including his collaborations with Jones, have garnered two Drama Desk nominations, an Obie, and a Theater World Award. Colman co-authored Burning Down the House (SoftSkull Press), and Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway and More (Atria Books).

He was a member of the 1998 national poetry slam championship team from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. In 1999, he received the Fresh Poet of the year award from The Nuyorican Poets Cafe.


Colman, Stephen; Procope, Lynne, Bonair-Agard, Gonzalez, Guy; Olson, Alix. Burning Down The House. New York: Soft Skull Press, 1998.

Simmons, Danny. Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway...and More. New York: Atria Books, 2003.

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  2. ^ Ben Brantley, Untamed Poetry, Loose Onstage, New York Times, November 15, 2002.,
  3. ^ 2. Robin Pogrebin, "A Rainbow of Poets Who Rhyme From Life," New York Times, April 18th, 2003.