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1) Jewelle Gomez
Family ties, growing up in the 1950s and 60s, and lesbian feminism, shaped need-to-know writer Jewelle Gomez’s prolific body of work, which often focuses on the marginalization of African American communities. Her recent work has also begun reflecting her Native American (Wampanoag) heritage. Gomez is the author of seven books, including the double Lambda Literary Award winning novel, The Gilda Stories, and her fiction and poetry have been included in over one hundred anthologies. Her forthcoming novel, Televised, recounts the lives of survivors of the Black Nationalist movement.