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News Release - February 27, 2008

For Immediate Release: February 27, 2008

Contact: Marcia Schneider (415) 557-4252

mschneider@sfpl.org

Jewelle Gomez Elected President San Francisco Public Library Commission

The San Francisco Public Library Commission unanimously elected Jewelle Gomez as Commission President at their regularly scheduled meeting held on February 7, 2008.

Ms. Gomez has served on the 7-member Library Commission since February 2005. A writer and poet, she currently is Director of Grants and Community Initiatives at the Horizons Foundation.

Jewelle Gomez is an acclaimed writer of novels, poetry and essays, including Bones and Ash and The Gilda Stories, published in 1991, and has published more than 200 reviews, articles and essays in national periodicals, including The San Francisco Chronicle, Black Scholar, the Nation, The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, the Village Voice, Essence Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Advocate among others. Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in more than 100 anthologies in the U.S. and Great Britain, published by houses such as Oxford University Press, City Lights Books, Prentice Hall, Simon and Schuster, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Scribners, Doubleday, New American Library, Warner Books, and The Crossing Press.

She has also served on the fundraising leadership committee of the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the Main Library, is a member of the selection committee for the City's One City One Book program, administered through the Library, and is an original and continuing member of the Poet Laureate selection committee, a program started by Mayor Willie Brown in 2001.

Among other professional positions held by Jewelle Gomez are: Program Director, Cultural Equity Grants, San Francisco Arts Commission, 2001-2006; Executive Director, Poetry Center & American Poetry Archive, San Francisco State University, 1996-99; and writing instructor at San Francisco State University and Hunter College.

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