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Jewelle Gomez

Jewelle Gomez, (Cape Verdean/Wampanoag/Ioway), is the author of eight books including the first Black Lesbian vampire novel, THE GILDA STORIES, winner of two Lambda Literary Awards; now available as an eBook and on AUDIBLE.

The novel was recently optioned for a television mini-series by Cheryl Dunye (Queen Sugar). Her play based on the novel, “Bones and Ash,” was commissioned and performed by Urban Bush Women Company; featured original music by Toshi Reagon and was performed in 13 U.S. cities.

Her writing has appeared in hundreds of anthologies including DARK MATTER-100 Years of African American Speculative Fiction; HOME GIRLS: A Black Feminist Anthology; the OXFORD WORLD TREASURY OF LOVE STORIES; and RED INDIAN ROAD WEST. 

Her trilogy of plays, ‘Words and Music’ explores the mythology of African American artists in the first half of the 20th century. WAITING FOR GIOVANNI, the first in the trilogy, is about author/activist James Baldwin and was developed by New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco. It had its New York City premiere in 2018. The second play, LEAVING THE BLUES, about singer songwriter Alberta Hunter, premiered in 2017 IN San Francisco and in New York City in 2020. The third play, UNPACKING IN P’TOWN, about a group of retired Vaudevillians, will premiere in 2021 (fingers crossed!) in New Conservatory Theatre Center’s 40th anniversary season.

She has taught creative writing workshops—poetry, fiction, speculative fiction, and playwriting—at institutions around the U.S. including San Francisco State University and Bowdoin College.

She was on the original board of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the Astraea National Lesbian Foundation. She is a past-president of the San Francisco Public Library Commission. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @VampyreVamp.

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