Jewelle Gomez is
a writer and activist and the author of the double
novel, THE GILDA
Firebrand Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage --
Bones & Ash: a Gilda Story---was performed by the
Urban Bush Women company in 13 U.S. cities.
She is the recipient of a National Endowment
for the Arts literature fellowship and two California Arts
Her fiction, essays, criticism and poetry have
appeared in numerous periodicals. Among them: The San
Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, The Village Voice;
The Advocate, Ms Magazine, ESSENCE Magazine and Black
Scholar. Her work has appeared in such anthologies as HOME
GIRLS, READING BLACK READING FEMINIST, DAUGHTERS OF AFRICA and
the OXFORD WORLD TREASURY OF LOVE STORIES.
She has served on literary panels for the
National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, the
California Arts Council and the San Francisco Arts Commission.
She was on the original staff of "Say
Brother," one of the first weekly, black television shows in the
U.S. (WGBH-TV Boston) and on the founding board of the Gay and
Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
She is currently on the national advisory boards of the
National Center for Lesbian
Rights, POETS & WRITERS,
Inc., and the Human Sexuality Archives of Cornell
University. An early member of the board of the
Astraea Foundation she is
currently on the funding board of the
Open Meadows Foundation.
She also serves on the national advisory board for a new film by
Nancy D. Kates, AMERICAN SOCRATES: The Life of Bayard Rustin.
include three collections of poetry-THE LIPSTICK PAPERS (1980)
FLAMINGOES AND BEARS (1986), both self published. The most
recent is ORAL TRADITION from Firebrand Books (1995). She edited
with Eric Garber a fantasy fiction anthology entitled SWORDS OF
THE RAINBOW (Alyson Publications (1996) and selected the fiction
for THE BEST LESBIAN EROTICA OF 1997 (Cleis).
She is also the author a book of personal and
political essays entitled FORTY THREE SEPTEMBERS (Firebrand
Books 1993) and a new collection of short fiction, DON'T EXPLAIN
(Firebrand Books 1997).
She has presented
taught at numerous institutions of higher learning including
San Francisco State University, Hunter College, Rutgers
University, New College of California, Grinnell College, San
Diego City College, The Ohio State University and the University
of Washington (Seattle). She is the former director of the
Literature Program and the New York State Council on the Arts
and most recently served for three years as executive director
of the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives at San
Francisco State University.
include a comic novel about black activists of the 1960s as they
face middle age. She is also working with actor Harry Waters,
Jr. and director, Arturo Catricala on a collaborative
performance piece based on the life of author James Baldwin.