The papers contain correspondence, photographs, diaries, teaching materials, and drafts and completed manuscripts of writings
by Gomez. The manuscripts include "The Gilda Stories," "Bones and Ash," many poems, and numerous essays and reviews.
Jewelle Gomez (1948 - ) is an American writer, critic, editor, playwright, professor and activist. Her work spans fiction,
prose, poetry, plays, and essays on feminist/cultural and literary criticism. Gomez has written seven books, including "The
Gilda Stories" (1991), a double Lambda Literary Award winning black feminist vampire novel that explores the impact of slavery
and oppression over centuries. In 1996 she wrote a stage play of her novel "Bones and Ash," which toured across the U.S with
the Urban Bush Women Company. She has held leadership positions at San Francisco State University's Poetry Center and American
Poetry Archives, the San Francisco Arts Commission's Cultural Equity grant program, the Literature Program at the New York
State Council on the Arts, and the Grants and Community Initiatives program at the Horizon Foundation.