Jewelle Gomez: before Buffy, before Twilight, before Octavia Butler’s Fledgling, before “The Strain” and “The Passage”, there was the prescient novel The Gilda Stories, which Walidah Imarisha, co-editor of Octavia’s Brood said is “vitally important for the development of a generation of dreamers engaged in radical imagination. It has filled the desires of oppressed and marginalized peoples for stories of the fantastic…breathe out visionary communities of resistance.”
Jewelle Gomez: started a 3-play cycle with Waiting for Giovanni, which imagines James Baldwin in the late 50s when writing the gay novel he’s told will ruin his career. It continued with Leaving The Blues, “a wonderful gift…[that] introduced us to the incomparable Alberta Hunter” a lesbian blues singer who experienced a career resurgence in her 80s.
Jewelle Gomez: delightfully sexy Femme lesbian elder whose art, activism, and vampire futures live in lush, sensuous prose and deeply ethical humanity.
Jewelle Gomez: Ioway, Wampanoag, African American, Cape Verdean intersectional feminist long before the term was coined in legal, sociological or movement contexts.
Jewelle Gomez: founding member of GLAAD and Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice; leading plaintiff in the case for marriage equality.
Jewelle Gomez: playwright, poet, playwright, journalist, educator, mentor, arts administrator, philanthropist, activist whose life shows “…how art evoked political ideas and action.”