DEAR AUGUST: A Multimedia Epistolary Tribute to August Wilson

By CoCo Harristospfollowyourlifenarraitve

Greetings, readers of the August Wilson blog.  My name is CoCo Harris and I am happy to be contributing to Professor Downing’s project.

My own project, DEAR AUGUST, is a creative work celebrating the life and work of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, August Wilson. This is an ongoing artistic and literary project in the form of an open letter compiling narratives, photography, poetry, artwork, and interviews forming a collective re-memory honoring the man and his work.

This project seeks to explore how Mr. Wilson’s life and words have informed/transformed our view of African American and American life, within and beyond his focus on the 20th century.

I am seeking creative responses —across genres and art forms— in an open letter to our beloved playwright…father, son, cousin, uncle and brother. Let us dig deep for those meaningful remembrances of the griot and his oeuvre.

Participants of this ongoing project range from barons of the theater of all walks of life (including actors, directors, playwrights, dramaturges, designers, critics, and patrons, etc.) to friends, family, scholars and artists. In this project we ask you to:

1) Tell a story about your relationship to August Wilson and/or his body of work

2) Tell who you are because of it

To learn more and participate in “DEAR AUGUST…”, please visit:

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