Tulsa Literary Coalition

The mission of the Tulsa Literary Coalition is to celebrate books and reading as a catalyst for reflection, exploration, and connection. We 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.

Meet Our Team

We won’t be satisfied until every Tulsan has discovered a mind-altering book to love.

Jeff Martin

Co-Founder/Interim Executive Director

Jeff Martin is the founder of Magic City Books and Booksmart Tulsa. He is currently board president for the Tulsa Literary Coalition and author and/or editor of four books including The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, hailed by The Atlantic as ``Funny, poignant, relentlessly thought-provoking.`` Jeff has written for publications including Publishers Weekly, Poets & Writers, Salon.com, and GOOD, among others. In 2012, Jeff was inducted into the Tulsa City-County Library Hall of Fame.

Bettina Dirks

Store Manager

Bettina studied physics and economics at Rutgers University, but we don't hold that against her. She has many years of experience as a bookstore manager and keeps Magic City Books running smoothly. She reads widely, with a special affection for nonfiction.

Pat Cawiezell

Buyer/Author Events Coordinator

Pat holds an MSEd in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a voracious and eclectic reader who first came to the Tulsa Literary Coalition as a board member. His intimate knowledge of our organization, from the perspectives of both a board member and a longtime Booksmart Tulsa supporter, serves him well in his current capacity.

Cindy Hulsey (1959-2018)


Cindy was the founding Executive Director of the Tulsa Literary Coalition and general manager of Magic City Books. She held a B.A. in English literature from the University of Tulsa and a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Cindy worked as a librarian at the Tulsa City County-Library for many years before joining Jeff Martin in founding Magic City Books.
Executive Board of Directors

Jeff Martin


Susan Mase

Vice President

Melissa Sartin


Jessica England


Elected Board of Directors

Mary Quinn Cooper

Stephani Franklin

Scott Gregory

Dr. John Schumann

Brooke Sturdivant

Anna Wolfe

Advisory Board

Michael Chabon

Patricia Chernicky

Chris Cleave

Jonathan Safron Foer

Jonathan Franzen

Joy Harjo

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Hannibal Johnson

Alicia Latimer

Teresa Miller

Ann Patchett

Nancy Pearl

Sir Salman Rushdie

David Sedaris

Lane Smith

Susan Thomas

Ayelet Waldman

Daniel H. Wilson

Our Programs

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 Tulsa Arts District to create cross-discipline synergy
  • Free writing workshops that encourage self-expression and foster understanding

TULSA LITERARY COALITION, a 501c3 non-profit organization, relies on contributions to continue its literary programs and services to the Tulsa Community. We thank the following foundations, corporations, and individuals for their generous support:

Nobel Patrons ($50,000 and above)

  • Pam and Lee Eslicker
  • Cheryl and Richard Groenendyke
  • George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Susan and Bob Mase
  • Chris and Craig Rainey
  • The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation

Pulitzer Patrons ($10,000 to $49,999)

  • Joanie and Tom Atkinson
  • Robin Flint Ballenger
  • Mervin Bovaird Foundation
  • Bumgarner Family Foundation
  • The CHANGE Fund
  • Patricia Chernicky
  • Mary Quinn and Frank Cooper
  • Gayle and Frank Eby
  • Laura Gonsalves
  • Hille Foundation
  • Cindy Hulsey and Shannon Hall
  • Teresa Knox and Ivan Icosta
  • The Pauline Dwyer Macklanburg and Robert A. Macklanburg Jr. Foundation
  • Gwen and Steve Malcolm
  • Cinda and Mark Marra
  • April and Sid McAnnally
  • National Book Foundation
  • Ruth Nelson
  • Oklahoma Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Sayuri and Dav Pilkey
  • Melissa and Robert Sartin
  • SemGroup Foundation
  • Jill & Bob Thomas  
  • Susan & Bill Thomas
  • Williams Companies Foundation
  • Jane P. Wiseman and James C. Hodges

Booker Patrons ($5,000 to $9,999)

  • Ellen and Steve Adelson
  • City of Tulsa Vision Arts Resilience and Recovery Fund
  • Kathleen Gerety and James Howard
  • Kathleen and Bart Hall
  • Lauren Houston
  • Damon Lindelof
  • Julia Meier and Tom Ladner
  • Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits
  • Janice Green and Paul Patton
  • LJS Revocable Trust
  • Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
  • Tyler Thrasher

Pen Patrons ($1,000 to $4,999)

  • Paul and Jean Pape Adams Charitable Foundation
  • Susannah and Jim Adelson
  • Sydney and Jim Aldag
  • American Booksellers Association/BINC Foundation
  • Alison Anthony and Mark Wilson
  • Barrow & Grimm, P.C.
  • Paul and Nancy Bizjack Family Foundation
  • Myra Block
  • Broadhurst Foundation
  • Laurie and Terry Brumbaugh
  • Gillian and Patrick Cawiezell
  • Katherine Coyle
  • Jackie Deatherage
  • Alisa Dougless
  • Ellen and Otto Duecker
  • FDL Energy
  • Jessica England
  • Stephani and Keith Franklin
  • Shawna and Tony Gehres
  • Rabbi Jeff and Mindy Glickman
  • Happy Bookers
  • Hardesty Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Bonnie and Frank X Henke III
  • Mary Anne Hille
  • Meredith Howard
  • Peggy and Alan Hulsey
  • Molly and Jeff Martin
  • Paige Martin and Paul Clear
  • Jane Mudgett and Samuel Peled
  • JLT Sustainers Book Club in honor of Joanne Fiocchi
  • PENAmerica
  • Marcy and Bernard Robinowitz
  • Keri Salas
  • Drs. Sarah-Anne and John Schumann
  • James Steinmeyer and David Easton
  • Elizabeth Ann and Michael Stone
  • Tatiana and Gordon Taylor
  • Kathryn Thomas
  • Tulsa Artist Fellowship
  • University of Oklahoma Foundation
  • Peter Walter
  • Julie and William G. Watson, II
  • LeeAnna and Jim Weaver

National Book Patrons (up to $999)

($500 to $999)

  • Cheryl and Don Baker
  • Libby Bender
  • Sharon and Ken Bertram
  • Daniel Burnstein Trust
  • Cindy and Kelly Diven
  • Donna and William Farrior
  • Linda and Bill Fiddler
  • Shirley and Steve Gidley
  • Tanya Going
  • Sherri Goodall
  • Nancy and Phil Hammond
  • Brooke and Stuart Hawley
  • Wade Hoefling
  • Rebecca Howard and Joy Kelly
  • Glenda Kilmer
  • Julie Klammer
  • Network for Good
  • Clair Powers
  • Robert Blake Ramsey
  • Bettye Rector
  • Jaya Richardson
  • Kala and Gary Sharp
  • Julia and Will Thomas
  • Piper and Deacon Turner
  • Kayla and Scott Vaughn

($25 – $499)

  • Nancy Acton
  • Samantha Adamson
  • Mary Ann Allbritton
  • Rebecca Ballard
  • Katherine Baltes
  • Andy Bantly
  • Josh Barnes
  • Bilal Baydoun
  • Jim Beach
  • Aaron Bean
  • David Beebe
  • Laura Stott Bell
  • Leta Bell
  • Darla Bennett
  • Jana and Tom Bergdall
  • Corey Beyer
  • Becky and Robert Billings
  • Marian and Dennis Bires
  • Terry Blackford
  • David Blatt
  • Patty Bohannon
  • Boomtown Tees
  • Genevieve Bowman
  • Rita Boyle
  • Kyle Brown
  • Lisa Brown
  • Lynda Brownson
  • Craig Bryant
  • Paul Bryden
  • Carol and Hugh Burleigh
  • Ann and David Burris
  • Jennifer Burton
  • Ken Busby
  • Carol Bush
  • Thomas L. Byers
  • Cindy Cain
  • Kathy and Dan Call
  • Susan Case
  • Julie Chapman
  • Carri Clark
  • Conor Cleary
  • Lee Ann Cole
  • Mary Coley
  • Laura Colgan
  • Kathy and Ron Collins
  • Collins Family Trust
  • Frances Hawpe Compton
  • Taylor Costley
  • Kayla Costner
  • Julia Couch
  • John Coward
  • Jayme Cox
  • Richard Cox
  • Caroline Owens Crain
  • Ellen Cummings
  • Abby Cutler
  • Marcy and Michael Cyter
  • Leslie Dalton
  • Sharon King Davis
  • Eric Delaney
  • Dell Technologies
  • Braden, Reese and Terra Dempsey
  • Bettina Dirks
  • Kimberly Doenges
  • James Donovan
  • Kathleen Doss
  • Wendy Drummond
  • Emily Duensing and Ted Bakamjian
  • Heather Duncan
  • Suzanne Elbel
  • Jamie Elliott
  • The Ellis Family
  • Isaac Ellis
  • Roy Ellison
  • Linda A. Epperley
  • Carol Fagan
  • Richard Fisher
  • Susan and John Fitter
  • Michael Flippin
  • Pat Fleugel
  • Amanda Forman
  • Abigail Forrest
  • Julie Frank
  • Kandi Frasier
  • Hannah Frosch
  • Jane & Earl Funk
  • Ann Gaebe
  • Mindy Galoob
  • Sterling Gates
  • Starla and Jon Glazer
  • Linda Goldenstern
  • Donna and Phillip Goswick
  • Susan Green
  • Glenna Greer
  • Kathy and Scott Gregory
  • Marjorie Gross
  • Carla Guzik
  • Ryan Haight
  • Ann Halloran
  • Gretchen Hannefield
  • Bridget Harkin
  • Patricia Hartman
  • Sandra Havelka
  • Phyllis and Dwight Henry
  • Marion Hill
  • Amanda and Van Hodges
  • Michelle Hoffman
  • Kurt Holmes
  • Morgan Holmes
  • Kathy Horne
  • Carolyn Hudson
  • Alana Hughes
  • Deborah Hunter
  • Mary M. Hydrick
  • Lynne Imhoff and Luiz Weksler
  • Anna Imose
  • Debra Morrow Ingram
  • Bailey James
  • Paige Jamieson
  • Junie Janzen
  • Patti Johnson
  • Dan Kaiman
  • Megan Kassem
  • Margaret Kelley
  • Karen Kerner
  • Zenia Kish
  • Susan Klausner
  • Shannon Kline
  • Walter Kosty
  • Autumn Kramer
  • Lorri Krisman
  • Nancy Kruckeberg
  • KS Writers, Inc.
  • Langdon Publishing
  • Judy Larremore
  • Martha Laughlin
  • George Lee
  • Meredith Lesher
  • Karen Long
  • Jocie and Wally Love
  • Velda Lueders
  • Danielle Macdonald
  • Marla Mansfield
  • Barbara and Karl Markert
  • Charles Martin
  • Marie Martin
  • Rhys Martin
  • Sheila Mason
  • Bill McCloud
  • Lesley McCollough
  • Karen McFadden
  • Charles McGechie
  • Denis McGilvray
  • Ashley McIntosh
  • Lorrie McLaughlin
  • Garland McWatters
  • Fred Meyerriecks
  • Teresa Miller
  • Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
  • Annie and Richard Mitchell
  • Margo Mitchell
  • David Moncrief
  • Calvin Moniz
  • Christina Moore
  • Leslie Moore
  • Moore Elementary PTA in honor of LeeAnna Weaver
  • Jim Morgan
  • Regina Mullenix
  • Kay and Larry Murphy
  • Shelley Nachtigall
  • Ann Neal
  • Dennis Neill
  • Megan Nesbit
  • Martin Newman
  • Rebecca Holland and Ronald Nick
  • Mike Newman
  • R Nordholm
  • Terry Norris
  • NeMar and Tom Noulles
  • Patricia Nye
  • Daniel Orthwein
  • Beth Webb Ozmun
  • Shannann Passley
  • Kris Patrick
  • Nancy L. Taylor Payne
  • Alexandra Pence
  • Phillips 66
  • Jimmy Pickett
  • Kristin and Steve Pickett
  • Tamara Piety
  • Ron Pittser
  • Maggie and Aaron Post
  • Rosemary Powell
  • Donna Prigmore
  • Gregory Rahal
  • Briana Raimondo
  • Judy and Roger Randle
  • Laura and Clifton Raphael
  • Justin Rawlins
  • Keely Record
  • Anita Rice
  • Barbara Richardson
  • Amber Rieger
  • Randy Roberts
  • Marla Robinson
  • Susan K. Robinson
  • Sandra Rodolf
  • Jennifer and Thomas Rudolph
  • Donald Ryan
  • Melanie Sarver
  • Pam Schloeder
  • Barbara Schoenhals
  • Heather Schroeder
  • Robert Sears
  • Joan Seay
  • Steve and Patti Sellers
  • Pamela Shelton
  • Lauren Sherry
  • Stephanie and Bob Shipley
  • Brenda and Dan Sieler
  • Hannah Sieler
  • Glenda and Larry Silvey
  • Jaime D. Skipper
  • Kevin Smokler
  • Doug Solter
  • Brogan Spears
  • John Spiegel
  • Elizabeth Cook Strance
  • Barbara Sturdivant
  • Brooke Sturdivant
  • Pam Summers
  • Susan Swatek
  • Deborah Taggart
  • Julie Thoben
  • Barbara Eikner Thompson
  • Susan Todd
  • Rhonda and Charlie Transue
  • Matt Trotter
  • Anna Turner
  • Sheryl Tyree
  • Jaime Vogt
  • Pam Vrooman
  • Sally Warrington
  • Dan Watson
  • Elizabeth Weatherholt
  • Christen Webb
  • Gracie Weiderhaft
  • Marie Welden
  • Jill Wenger
  • Heather White
  • Kari White
  • Jaymie Whitson
  • Kerry A. Wiens
  • Maryjo Wimbish
  • Margaret Wolfe
  • Piper J. Wolfe
  • Michael Wright
  • Janet Yeager
  • Katherine Younger
  • Charlie Yount
  • Jane Zemel
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