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Still Water: Jewelle Gomez in conversation with Krystal A. Smith

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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Charis welcomes Jewelle Gomez in conversation with Krystal A. Smith for a celebration of Still Water: Poems. African American, Cabo Verdean/Wampanoag/Ioway all converge in Jewelle Gomez’s exquisite collection of poetry that explores the legacies of family heritage, history, and identity. This event is co-hosted by BLF Press.

Gomez contemplates her sexuality, multi-ethnic and class identities, and what it means to experience love, loss, grief, friendship, and solidarity with other women during times of political upheaval. Gomez’s poems are a gift: at times sumptuous and impassioned, and always striking in their clarity.

Jewelle Gomez (Cabo Verdean/Wampanoag/Ioway) is a playwright, novelist, poet and cultural worker who was born and raised in Boston, MA. She was on the original staff of one of the first weekly Black television shows, Say Brother, (now Basic Black) at WGBH TV in Boston. She lived in New York City for 22 years before moving to the Bay Area. She’s the author of eight books including three poetry collections and the first Black Lesbian vampire novel, The Gilda Stories. It was recently optioned by Cheryl Dunye (Watermelon WomanLovecraft Country) for a television mini-series. Her plays, Waiting for GiovanniLeaving the Blues and Unpacking in Ptown, were commissioned by New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco for their west coast premiere. The TOSOS Company premiered Waiting for Giovanni and Leaving the Blues in New York City. She was the recipient of a Bram Stoker Legacy Award from Horror Writers Association (2021). Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @VampyreVamp

Krystal A. Smith is a poet and speculative fiction writer. Her poems have appeared in Entropy MagazineSerendipity, Kissing Dynamite, and Sinister Wisdom. Her collection Two Moons: Stories was a 2019 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Her poetry collection, This is Not About Love (BLF Press, 2021), explores the complexities of human emotion and relationships via memory, experience, and imagination. Follow Krystal on Twitter @authorkasmith. 

BLF Press is an independent Black feminist publishing house dedicated to amplifying the work of Black, Indigenous, and queer women of color. Our goal for this press is to create a space for forward thinking, creative women of exceptional talent. We embrace difference, and envision BLF Press as an outlet for the expression of various types of writing that exemplifies the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and queer women of color in the United States. 

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Still Water: Poems Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781735906539
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Blf Press LLC - June 7th, 2022

African American, Cabo Verdean/Wampanoag/Ioway all converge in Jewelle Gomez's exquisite collection of poetry that explores the legacies of family heritage, history, and identity. Gomez contemplates her sexuality, multi-ethnic and class identities, and what it means to experience love, loss, grief, friendship, and solidarity with other women during times of political upheaval.


The Gilda Stories Cover Image
By Jewelle Gomez, Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780872866744
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Published: City Lights Books - March 29th, 2016

*Recommended by Reese Witherspoon's Book Club

*Voted One of Book Riot's Most Influential Queer Books & Horror Novels of All Time

Before Buffy, before Twilight, before Octavia Butler's Fledgling, there was The Gilda Stories, Jewelle Gomez's sexy vampire novel.


Don't Explain: Short Fiction Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781563410949
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Published: Firebrand Books - May 1st, 1998

Well-versed in the traditions of African-American writing, Gomez moves from lesbian life in Boston in the late 1960s to a futuristic fantasy. The central piece in this collection, Lynx and Strand, explores some of the darkest dreams and fears of our culture.


Oral Tradition: Selected Poems: Old and New Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781563410635
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Published: Firebrand Books - October 1st, 1995

About The Gilda Stories:

"This intriguing vampire yarn features well-developed characters and philosophical excursions upon the angst of perpetual outsiderhood and the very human quest for companionship and love". -- ALA Booklist

About Forty-Three Septembers:


Forty-Three Septembers: Essays Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781563410376
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Published: Firebrand Books - October 1st, 1993

About The Gilda Stories:

"This intriguing vampire yarn features well-developed characters and philosophical excursions upon the angst of perpetual outsiderhood and the very human quest for companionship and love". -- ALA Booklist

About Forty-Three Septembers:

"In this collection of 15 personal essays...words flow with an ease, honesty, and intellect that is mesmerizing".


Name Poems Cover Image
$6.00
ISBN: 9781516978069
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 26th, 2015

Jewelle Gomez explores the borders that might separate and contain our identities. In evoking the women who raised her and lived on those borders she takes us deep inside her reclamation of her Wampanoag/Ioway/Cape Verdean and Lesbian roots.


This is Not About Love: Poems Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781735906522
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Blf Press LLC - April 6th, 2021

Two Moons: Stories Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780997243901
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Published: Blf Press LLC - March 20th, 2018

Event Summary: 
African American, Cabo Verdean/Wampanoag/Ioway all converge in Jewelle Gomez’s exquisite collection of poetry that explores the legacies of family heritage, history, and identity.