Lez Talk Books Radio

Hey y’all! It’s Facebook official! Lez Talk Books Radio is up and running and our scheduled launch date is 9/16/14. Remember when I asked you about starting a podcast focused on Black lesbian writing? Well, the founder and publisher at Resolute Publishing reached out a couple of weeks ago, and we have decided to collaborate on the radio show. I am very excited to be working with her on this and I hope that you all will join us next month.

We are still working on a show time, so please check our Facebook page for updates. For information about becoming a guest on the show, email us at leztalkbooksradio at gmail dot com.

Y’all know imma cross-post this, so pardon me if this shows up on your dash more than once.  :)

Love and light,

S.O.

Just in case the link above doesn’t work, here’s the URL:  www.facebook.com/leztalkbooksradio

Transitions

As you all know, I’m  nearly done with this grad life (Hallelujah!) and I’ve started working on a few new projects. I’ve also created a new website that will serve as my main blog going forward.   I am transitioning from grad student to full time writer and publisher (and who knows what else, a sista is looking for a job too!), and I decided that I needed a new website/blog to represent this aspect of my work and life.  For those of you who have not already done so, please consider following me over at my new spot,  SAndreaAllen.  I’ll share updates, and even a little of my works in progress. :)

I still love this blog and I will continue to post here, but I do intend to spend more time over at the new spot.  I hope to see you there!

S.O.

Summer Book Club at Resolute Publishing

Y’all going? I am!

I just downloaded my copy of  K-Rho: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood by La Toya Hankins and I’ll be ready for Summer Book Club next week. I’ve only got a few days left to read the book, but I’m sure I can do it. :)

Hope to see some of you there!

 

The Time is Now

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I was working on a few projects and that I’d be sharing more details soon. Well, soon is now!

For the past several months I’ve been working on starting a small press, and I’m happy to say that BLF Press is now live and open for submissions.  It has been a labor of love, and I know that I’m wandering into treacherous waters. However, I believe that I am moving forward under the power of my Black feminist foremothers, who also did the improbable and lived to inspire generations of writers and book lovers all over the world.

I also take my cues from Jewelle Gomez, who wondered in her now famous essay, “But Some of us are Brave Lesbians: The Absence of Black Lesbian Fiction,” what would become of Black lesbian writing. I am also reminded of Audre Lorde’s difficulty trying to find a publisher for her biomythography, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name.  I dare say that today, Black lesbian fiction seems to be thriving, and that the ability to self-publish has given more women the power to see themselves in print.  But I believe that we must do more. Our lives, our stories, and our experiences are still marginalized. So many of us have stories to tell, and I’d like to help writers develop and get their work into the hands of readers who will love it as much as we do.  I believe this work is necessary.

We are building a team of experienced editors and designers, and we are ready to help you create your best work. Come see us over at BLF Press, and if you like what you see, help us spread the word.

Love and light,

S.O.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference: “But Some of us are Brave Lesbians: The Absence of Black Lesbian Fiction.”
Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology. Eds. E. Patrick Johnson and
Mae G. Henderson. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005. 289-297. Print.

Reasons

Reason #239,473 I love my girlfriend:

Me: Guess what? I started a new story today!

Her: Story? Don’t you have something else you need to be working on?

Me: I knew you were going to say that! (Sheepishly) I’ve reworked my schedule, I’m reading for the diss after lunch.

Her: Mmmm hmmm. Don’t make me put you on restriction!

Welp! Back to diss work it is!