Ibis Gómez-Vega

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Ibis del Carmen Gómez-Vega (born 20 December 1952) is a Latina novelist, short story writer, playwright, and literary critic.

Gómez-Vega was born in Havana, Cuba, to Angela Vega-Gonzalez and Rodolfo Gómez-Oramas. She attended the Colorado Women's College, between 1972-73. Subsequently she attended the University of Houston, where she earned her B.A. in 1976, M.A. in 1979, and Ph.D. in 1995. Her dissertation was titled "The Journey Home: Caribbean Women Writers Face the Wreckage of History." Gómez-Vega began teaching college courses as a graduate student at the University of Houston in 1978. Since 1995, she has taught at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where she is an associate professor of English.

In addition to her creative writing, Gómez-Vega has contributed numerous articles, reviews, and essays to such publications as Intertexts, Voces: Journal of Chicana / Latina Studies, Journal of Political and Military Sociology, The Americas Review, MMLA: The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Crítica Hispánica, The Southern Quarterly, Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, and American Drama. She continues to write and perform readings from her works.



  • Send My Roots Rain. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Press, 1991.

Short stories[edit]

  • “La Tortillera.” The Bilingual Review 25.3 (2000): 306-314.
  • "Other People's Memories." VOCES: A Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies 3.1&2 (2001): 254-271. Refereed.
  • "Telling Ribbons." VOCES: A Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies 3.1&2 (2001): 272-292.
  • "Telling Ribbons." The Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly 1.1 (1999): 41-61.
  • "Unnatural Acts." VOCES: A Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies 2.1 (1998): 23-41.


  • Raise a Crow, given a staged reading by Theater Rhinoceros in San Francisco in 1985 and by At the Foot of the Mountain in Minneapolis in 1984.


  • Biography - Gómez-Vega, Ibis (del Carmen)(1952-); Gale Reference Team, Contemporary Authors (Biography); Thomson Gale, 2004.
  • Gómez-Vega, Ibis. "CV / Other Information." English Department Faculty and Staff. Northern Illinois University. 2007. 2 October 2007. <http://www.engl.niu.edu/people_details.php?pid=32>.

Critical studies[edit]

  • Sabiha Sorgun, "Seeing What Is Invisible to the Eye: Postmodern Spirituality in Ibis Gómez-Vega's Send My Roots Rain." Crítica Hispánica 30.1-2 (2008): 174-91.
  • Troy-Smith, Jean. "A Weave of Women in Send My Roots Rain by Ibis Gómez-Vega." Called to Healing: Reflections on the Power of Earth's Stories in Women's Lives. New York: State University of New York Press, 1996. 143-69.