Spotlight: Jewelle Gomez

jewelle gomez     Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers welcomes back Jewelle Gomez, incomparable writer and activist, who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her double Lambda Award-winning collection, THE GILDA STORIES.

gilda_cover_full      Listen to Jewelle Gomez reading an excerpt of The Gilda StoriesTHE GILDA STORIES, a seminal work in the genre of speculative fiction, as well as, African American, Lesbian and Vampire literature. LISTEN TO a review of The Gilda Stories   Jewelle Gomez3

For the 2017 Festival of Women Writers, Jewelle Gomez, celebrated in the genre of Speculative Fiction, will present the workshop, WOMEN DO WRITE SPECULATIVE FICTION. What does it take to create a new universe and fashion a story that is both credible and incredible? Though under-recognized by the science fiction/speculative fiction establishment, some women have done important work in the genre. This workshop will discuss and do exercises using speculative and science fiction conventions. WOMEN DO WRITE SPECULATIVE FICTION is a very special opportunity to work with one of the groundbreaking authors of women’s speculative fiction.

books by Jewelle Gomez:

Jewelle Gomez books                 Name poems

Jewelle Gomez is also the author of several plays. In 2015, Festival of Women Writers 2015 presented a table reading of Gomez’s, “Leaving The Blues,” a memory play in two acts chronicling the life and career of the legendary blues singer, Alberta Hunter. Members of The Festival planning committee and Hobart residents were the cast members. We were thrilled to be part of this creative process.

Blues cast
playwright, Jewelle Gomez (third from left) and cast for table reading of “Leaving The Blues” by Jewelle Gomez at Festival 2015

For the complete bio of Jewelle Gomez and her work, go to

For more information about Festival of Women Writers 2017, go to:

Festival of Women Writers 2017 is September 8, 9 &10th. Registration opens June 15th

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