The mission of the Tulsa Literary Coalition is to celebrate books and reading as a catalyst for reflection, exploration, and connection. We effect 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
  • Jessica England, Treasurer
  • Cindy Hulsey, Secretary

Executive Director

  • Cindy Hulsey, MLIS

Elected Board of Directors

  • Alison Anthony
  • Patrick Cawiezell
  • Mary Quinn Cooper
  • Craig Rainey
  • Susan Thomas

Program Director

  • LeeAnna Weaver, MLIS

Advisory Board

  • Blake Bailey
  • Michael Chabon
  • Patricia Chernicky
  • Chris Cleave
  • Jonathan Franzen
  • Hannibal Johnson
  • Alicia Latimer
  • Teresa Miller
  • Ann Patchett
  • Nancy Pearl
  • Sir Salman Rushdie
  • David Sedaris
  • Lane Smith
  • Ryan Jude Tanner
  • Ayelet Waldman
  • Daniel H. Wilson


Thank you to our generous founding donors for supporting our mission.

Nobel Patrons $10,000 and above

  • Robin Flint Ballenger
  • The CHANGE Fund
  • Patricia Chernicky
  • Mary Quinn Cooper and Frank Cooper
  • Wendy and Gentner Drummond
  • Gayle and Frank Eby
  • Pam and Lee Eslicker
  • George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • 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
  • SemGroup Foundation
  • Jill and Bob Thomas & Susan and Bill Thomas
  • Williams
  • Jane P. Wiseman and James C. Hodges
  • Pulitzer Patrons $5,000 to $9,999

    • Ellen and Steve Adelson
    • Kathleen and Bart Hall
    • Lauren Houston

Newbery Patrons $1,000 to $4,999

  • Alison Anthony and Mark Wilson
  • Nancy and Paul Bizjack
  • Ellen and Otto Duecker
  • Peggy and Alan Hulsey
  • Molly and Jeff Martin
  • Paul Patton
  • Keri Salas
  • Kathryn Thomas
  • University of Oklahoma Foundation
  • Julia and William G. Watson, II
  • LeeAnna and Jim Weaver

Additional Donors

  • Sydney and Jim Aldag
  • Cheryl and Don Baker
  • Aaron Bean
  • Cindy Cain
  • Susan Case
  • Patrick Cawiezell
  • Mary Coley
  • Kathy and Ron Collins
  • Katherine G. Coyle
  • James Donovan
  • Shirley and Steve Gidley
  • Susan Green
  • Amanda and Van Hodges
  • Glenda Kilmer
  • Rebecca Holland and Ronald Nick
  • Rebecca Howard and Joy Kelly
  • Lynne Imhoff and Luiz Weksler
  • 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
  • Laura and Clifton Raphael
  • Marcy and Bernard Robinowitz
  • Tatiana and Gordon Taylor
  • Piper and Deacon Turner
  • Charlie Yount


Magic City Books, an independent bookstore that is a project of the Tulsa Literary Coalition will open in the M. B. Brady Arts District in November 2017. 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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