The mission of the Tulsa Literary Coalition is to affect social change and bridge cultural, ethnic and religious divides through literature; to leverage community resources by partnering with existing nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their missions by adding a literary component to their services; to foster the love of reading and build a community of book lovers in order to distill the literary energy in Tulsa.


The Tulsa Literary Coalition was founded in late 2015 to provide programs such as:

  • Book discussion groups that use fiction and narrative nonfiction to initiate dialog about difficult subjects, such as race, sexual identity and religious beliefs
  • Panel discussions featuring subject matter experts that use literature as a means of discussing social and cultural issues that affect our city (homelessness, racism, mental illness, poverty, etc.)
  • Lectures by local university professors that teach adults and older teens how to approach literature as art and how to get the greatest benefit from reading
  • Free consultations to existing and start-up private book groups in order to encourage and support book discussion as an important means of social connection, intellectual and emotional growth
  • Collaboration with other arts organizations in the Brady Arts District to create cross-discipline synergy
  • Free writing workshops that encourage self-expression and foster understanding




February 23, 2016 (Tulsa, Okla.) – Tulsa has always been a literary town. Perhaps that’s why international literary luminaries Sir Salman Rushdie, Ann Patchett, David Sedaris, and Jonathan Franzen, along with local literary legends Nancy Pearl and Teresa Miller have joined the Advisory Board of a new local non-profit group, the Tulsa Literary Coalition (TLC). Read More >>


Executive Board of Directors

  • Jeff Martin, President
  • Susan Mase, Vice President
  • Patricia Chernicky, Treasurer
  • Cindy Hulsey, Secretary

Executive Director

  • Cindy Hulsey, MLIS

Elected Board of Directors

  • Alison Anthony
  • Craig Rainey
  • Ryan Jude Tanner
  • Susan Thomas

Program Director

  • LeeAnna Weaver, MLIS

Advisory Board

  • Blake Bailey
  • Michael Chabon
  • Jonathan Franzen
  • Teresa Miller
  • Ann Patchett
  • Nancy Pearl
  • Sir Salman Rushdie
  • David Sedaris
  • Lane Smith
  • Ayelet Waldman
  • Daniel H. Wilson


Thank you to our generous donors for supporting our mission.

Founding Donors ($10,000 and above) as of November 17, 2016

  • Robin Flint Ballenger
  • The CHANGE Fund
  • Patricia Chernicky
  • Mary Quinn Cooper and Frank Cooper
  • Pam and Lee Eslicker
  • Cheryl and Richard Groenendyke
  • Cindy Hulsey and R. Shannon Hall
  • Teresa Knox and Ivan Acosta
  • Gwen and Steve Malcolm
  • Cinda and Mark Marra
  • Susan and Bob Mase
  • April and Sid McAnnally
  • Ruth Nelson
  • Sayuri and Dav Pilkey
  • Chris and Craig Rainey
  • Jill and Bob Thomas & Susan and Bill Thomas
  • Williams
  • Jane P. Wiseman and James C. Hodges

Additional Donors

  • Ellen and Steve Adelson
  • Sydney and Jim Aldag
  • Alison Anthony and Mark Wilson
  • Aaron Bean
  • Nancy and Paul Bizjak
  • Cindy Cain
  • Patrick Cawiezell
  • Katherine G. Coyle
  • Shirley and Steve Gidley
  • Kathleen and Bart Hall
  • Rebecca Holland and Ronald Nick
  • Peggy and Alan Hulsey
  • Rebecca Howard and Joy Kelly
  • Molly and Jeff Martin
  • Julia Meier and Thomas Ladner
  • Teresa Miller
  • Moore Elementary PTA in honor of LeeAnna Weaver
  • Jim Morgan
  • Jane Mudgett
  • Mike Newman
  • NeMar and Tom Noulles
  • M. Beth Webb Ozmun
  • Paul Patton
  • Laura and Clifton Raphael
  • Tatiana and Gordon Taylor
  • Kathryn Thomas
  • LeeAnna and Jim Weaver


Coming early 2017 to the M. B. Brady Arts District is Magic City Books, a local bookstore that is a project of the Tulsa Literary Coalition. Profits from the store will be used to support the mission of the Tulsa Literary Coalition.

"Tulsa has been, ever since I was about 19, the place in America that reeked of literary magic to me."
–Neil Gaiman


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