As a Mexican-American Texas-born writer, performance artist, and media producer, Tammy Gomez has over 20 years of experience in producing, directing, and hosting literary performance events, and has collaborated with over 100 artist/writers. She curated the Poetry Tent readings for the Texas Book Festival for six consecutive years.
Tammy has also been a performing member of such collectives as the Red Salmon Poets, the Blue Plate Poets, Dharma Broads, WOW (Women of Words), and Yoniverse (the latter which she founded and published).
She advocates for the growth of cultural literacy and appreciation of literature by publishing Texas writers (YONIVERSE: IN A LOUD KITCHEN - 1998, and NORTH TEXAS NERUDA LOVE - 2005) as the small press publisher Tejana Tongue Press.
As an award-winning ("Best Poet of Austin" and "1st Runner-Up, Hispanic Playwright's Festival of Fort Worth") poet and playwright, Tammy has performed her work in 10 U.S. states, and abroad in Mexico and Nepal. With her back-up band, La Palabra, Gomez toured from Denver to New Orleans throughout the 1990s. She has also collaborated with experimental jazz musicians Zazhil (Mexico City), Contriband (Chicago), East Babylon Symphony (Austin), and Flipside Jazz Quartet (Dallas). Gomez has toured as spoken word artist from University of Madison-Wisconsin and the Guild Complex to the Royal Nepal Academy in Kathmandu.
In Texas, Tammy has brought multimedia elements to the performance of literature--an exciting and bold evolution in the presentation of poetry and spoken word. Two recent examples of such programming include the "Besitos Para Ti" (2003) and "Siempre, Neruda" (2003)--based on poetry by Pablo Neruda--both of which premiered in Fort Worth. She also produces Palabrazos, which is an annual festival of multimedia literary performance in Texas.
Currently based in North Texas, Tammy has been recently published in TERRA FIRMA (Agave Noir Press: Austin) and BICYCLE LOVE (Breakaway Books: New York). Her work also appears in HECHO EN TEJAS (University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque).
Tammy is profiled in LAS TEJANAS: 300 YEARS OF HISTORY (UT Press: Austin), and is featured in "Voices from Texas," a PBS documentary film about Tejano/a poets. She has received grants from Humanities Texas, NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts and Culture), the Ford Foundation, Moonifest, Puffin Foundation, and the City of Austin. Tammy has been artist-in-residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Headlands Center for the Arts, and is a Creative Capital award finalist. The Austin Chronicle gave Tammy a 1994 Critic's Choice Award, dubbing her the "Best In-Your-Face Poet (in Two Languages, No Less)."
Her first full-length play, "She: Bike/Spoke/Love" premiered on World Car Free Day 2007, and received laudatory reviews. Tammy's one-woman show, "Saliendo Abierta" (Emerging Open)--which relates her 55-hour ordeal of being trapped in a closet--played for four nights at the Rose Marine Theater and as part of the Out of the Loop Festival in the spring of 2010.
Awards & Recognitions
- Best In-Your-Face Poet (in Two Languages, No Less) Critic’s Choice Award, Austin Chronicle, 1994
- Spirit of Cesar Chavez Award - 2009