Gwen was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She attended Duke University and graduated from Antioch College. After moving to New York, she married actor Moses Gunn, worked in child development research, and earned an M.A. from The New School for Social Research. She cofounded The Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective in 1971, and her plays have been produced at The Theater for the New City, Westbeth Theater, The Joseph Jefferson Theater, and The East Fourth Street Theater in New York. She and her husband and two children moved to Connecticut in 1975 where she studied poetry with poet Richard Raymond and Professor Mark Johnston and co-edited the poetry magazine Embers. Gwen has had poems published in national and international journals and recently won two firsts in the Confederation of State Poetry Societies contests, one of which was the national Winners Circle Award. Her latest book of poetry is Tastes. She also worked as an editorial assistant and writer of theatrical bios for Sachem Publishing, and started a company, VideoTakes, for which she wrote, filmed, and edited video scripts.