This note came to me from America, a fellow Cherokee artist from the Bay Area. Please consider supporting her friend.
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Please come and support my friend Reid this Sunday!
"California Wasn't Good for Us"
A benefit reading for Reid Gómez
featuring Jewelle Gómez, Reid Gómez,
Kim Shuck, and L. Frank, Master of Ceremonies
April 20, 2008, 2-4pm
small press traffic
1111 8th Street, San Francisco
Timken Lecture Hall
Reid Gómez is a Diné writer and second generation San
Franciscan. Her Grandfather came to San Francisco to
work the docks and joined the infamous ILWU. She has
been active in the literary and non-profit community
since 1989, writing, reading, and performing at BRAVA!
for Women in the Arts, Intersection for the Arts, the
Jon Sims Center, the Women's Building and the National
Queer Arts Festival. In 1995 she won the Emerging
Writers award from the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund.
In 2002 while working for the American Indian Film
Institute, the Advocates of Indigenous California
Language Survival, and Jon Sims Center, her appendix
ruptured and went misdiagnosed for two weeks. She very
nearly died. During the following years, she's been
hospitalized three times and undergone four major
surgical procedures. As a result of the many
complications, she is now faced with chronic pain,
mobility limitations, and a permanent disability due
to the damage to her abdominal tissues and membranes.
Since September 23, 2002, Reid has received absolutely
no financial support from state or federal sources, as
is often the case with our community. She has no
health insurance and is unable to work. Her strength
continues to improve and good days she can manage 2
hours of work, in addition to her daily 5 hours of
physical therapy. Her only opportunity to earn income
is through her writing; she is in need of a computer
and data recovery.
She has generously offered her talents at various
benefits over the years, for no financial compensation
– most memorably the Kitchen Table Press benefit at
the Women's Building. When she first entered the
hospital, there was talk of a benefit but none have
been held until now. This is the first and only time a
public call has gone out for support for this artist.
Jewelle Gomez, L. Frank, and Kim Shuck have generous
offered their support, and we invite you to join them.
For more information and/or to make a contribution,
please email: <californiawasntgoodforus@yahoo