Jewelle Gomez is a writer, activist, and author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, “The Gilda Stories.” Her adaptation of the book for the stage, “Bones & Ash: A Gilda Story,” was performed by the Urban Bush Women Theater Company in thirteen U.S. cities. The script was published as a Triangle Classic by the Paperback Book Club. Her other publications include “The Lipstick Papers,” “Flamingoes and Bears,” and “Oral Tradition.” With Eric Garber she edited a fantasy fiction anthology titled “Swords of the Rainbow.” She also selected the fiction for “The Best Lesbian Erotica of 1997.” Formerly the executive director of the Poetry Center and the American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University, she has also worked in philanthropy for many years. She is the director of Grants and Community Initiatives for Horizon and the President of the San Francisco Library Commission. She lives in San Francisco.