Heralded as "one of the finest contemporary African novelists" by Salman Rushdie, Nuruddin Farah is a contender for the Nobel Prize in literature for his beautiful and moving stories dealing with women's liberation and government corruption in his native Somalia. Much of his work has been influenced by the events that have shaped his country. He is also the winner of the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
Somali novelist, writing in English and Somali. Farah has ofted dealt the history of his country throught the fates of his characters. The central theme in his work is the women's liberation in postcolonial Somaliland, which he sees as a precondition for political and individual freedom. The majority of his essays, novels, short stories, plays, and film scripts are written in English, but he has also translated children's stories from Arabic, Italian, French, and English into Somali. Farah received in 1998 the Neustadt Award.
Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist and the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories: A Novel from Firebrand Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage - Bones & Ash: a Gilda Story - was performed by the Urban Bush Women company in 13 U.S. cities.
She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and two California Arts Council fellowships.