Jewelle Gomez is powerhouse of unending talents she is a writer and activist and the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, THE GILDA STORIES from Firebrand Books, three poetry collections THE LIPSTICK PAPERS(1980), FLAMINGOES AND BEARS(1986) both self published, and ORAL TRADITION also from FIREBRAND BOOKS. All this among editing various anthologies, writing plays, and publishing widely. She has presented lectures and 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). Her new projects include a comic novel about black activists of the 1960s as they face middle age entitled TELEVISED. Her new play, written in collaboration with Harry Waters Jr. is called WAITING FOR GIOVANNI. A dream play exploring the inner life of author James Baldwin, it has its world premiere at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in the Fall of 2011. (from