Vera Gomez is a performance poet/writer. Her performance credits including reading at the Visualite Theatre in Charlotte,North Carolina and at the 2002 National Chicano and Chicana Studies Conference. A collection of her poems has been published in Quintet(Ninety-Six Press) and her poem, Cafeteria Food,was first finalist in the South Carolina Poetry Initiative's Poetry Contest (April 2004). Vera has also read in the Hub City Writer's “Reading at the Depot”series (September 2004) and hosted “Celebracion Hispana” as part of the Sumter Opera House Authentic Voices series (October 2004). She was featured on Your Day (local NPR) in August 2004.Additional reading experience includes: Anderson College's Frances Mims Lecture Series, the Greenville County Library Poets Series as well as performances at Presbyterian College and the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

Vera was an integral part of the 1997 and 1998 all women slam teams that represented Greenville, South Carolina in national competition. The team won Southeast Regional competition in 1998.In 1999 she attended the University of Iowa's Summer Writer's Workshop where she studied “leaping poetry.” Although Vera still continually workshops, she also teaches academic subjects via poetry through the Metropolitan Arts Council's Tanglewood Project, via her local school district. She is a past coordinator of the Emrys Foundation's “Reading Room” series and has designed and facilitated a “Young Voices” high school poetry/art workshop with the Greenville County Museum.

A native Texan, born to immigrant parents and raised in Lubbock, Vera strives to balance her written and oral poetry with her first generation,Mexican-American female voice. Her poetry ranges from rants to bi-lingual prose. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University and a writer by trade. How does she pay the bills? By having worked in television media, at Clemson University, and for an Internet travel site. Although she currently works in corporate communications, she dreams for the day poetry is her sole source of income. Vera calls Greenville, South Carolina home.

 
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