Jewelle Gomez, (CaboVerdean/Wampanoag/Ioway; she/her), novelist, poet, and playwright. Her eight books include the first Black Lesbian vampire novel, THE GILDA STORIES, recently optioned by Cheryl Dunye (Lovecraft Country) for a TV mini-series. She’s the 2021 winner of the Legacy award from The Horror Writers Association. She is playwright in residence at New Conservatory Theatre Center where her last three plays were commissioned. Waiting for Giovanni about an imagined moment of indecision in the life of James Baldwin; Leaving the Blues, about singer/songwriter Alberta Hunter; and Unpacking in Ptown, about a multi-racial group of retired Vaudevillians.