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• Jewelle Gomez  // Jewelle Gomez is the author of 7 books including the lesbian vampire classic novel, The Gilda Stories. Her new play about James Baldwin will be produced in September 2011. Follow her on Twitter: VampyreVamp. Or her website: www.jewellegomez.com

21 Oct Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Paging Dr. House

Paging Dr. House

Paging Dr. House

I still call it the ER even though hospital administrators think the phrase “urgent care” conveys a place that will never have to treat GSWs.  I’ve visited quite a few ERs in my life.  Boston City Hospital mostly when I was growing up…a friend’s father with one of those Gun Shot Wounds and an uncle […]

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08 Oct Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on What is Biomythography?

What is Biomythography?

What is Biomythography?

My grandmother was a Hollywood star.  At least in my mind.  She was as glamorous as Dorothy Dandridge or Lauren Bacall.  She’d danced and sang in chorus lines in the 1930s and 40s, the lone Indian among the somewhat lighter-skinned ‘Negro’ chorines.  She’d faced down low-level mobsters in Boston’s South End and left an abusive […]

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Ode to Jill Johnston

Ode to Jill Johnston

When I arrived in New York City in 1971 after graduating from college in Boston I knew only two things for sure:  I wanted to be a writer and I was a lesbian.  I was at a complete loss as to what to do about either of my identities.  I was shy so dropping in […]

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22 Sep Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on We All Want To Go To Heaven

We All Want To Go To Heaven

We All Want To Go To Heaven

“Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.” That song, whether you go w/the Albert King or the Loretta Lynn version, is one of my favorite aphorisms.  Twenty years after publication of my vampire novel, THE GILDA STORIES, it’s still in print and readers still ask me for more stories. Vampires are […]

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31 Aug Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on The Gift of a Name

The Gift of a Name

The Gift of a Name

My name has been on my mind all of my life.  It’s not like when you’re called Mary Jones…perfectly lovely name but not uncommon.  Gomez isn’t that uncommon either actually; even Gomes (which is the original spelling) isn’t unusual, especially in my father’s Cape Verdean culture. Jewelle, however, is out of the ordinary.  I didn’t […]

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