This week for the “Rad Women Read Rad American Women A-Z” series, Jewelle Gomez talks lesbian vampire erotica and being unafraid to make yourself the center of your own universe. Jewelle chose to read the “U is for Ursula K. Le Guin” entry, another amazing woman who creates fantastic universes.
This is the third video in the new series from City Lights where we ask women we admire to read their favorite entry of our New York Times-bestselling children’s book, Rad American Women A-Z, and answer some questions about what it means to be a rad woman today. The book is authored by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl and published by City Lights/Sister Spit.
Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist and the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories from Firebrand Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage Bones and Ash: A Gilda Story was performed by the Urban Bush Women theater company in 13 U.S. cities. She is the recipient of a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, two California Arts Council fellowships, and an Individual Artist Commission from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her fiction, essays, criticism and poetry have appeared in numerous periodicals. Among them: The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, The Village Voice; Ms Magazine, ESSENCE Magazine, The Advocate, Callaloo, and Black Scholar. Her new projects include a comic novel about black activists of the 1960s as they face middle age titled Televised. An expanded 25th Anniversary edition of The Gilda Stories, published by City Lights, will come out April 2016.
For the other videos in the series so far, go here.