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!
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!
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,
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.
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!
After a glorious two-week break, I’m back at home and sharpening up the pencils (figuratively of course, who does that?), to get back to work on the dissertation. We had a wonderful time in Florida, and we also got to spend a little time with T.’s family on our trip down. She’s back across the pond, but will be back in a couple of months on her next rotation.
In the mean time, I’ve got work to do, and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m almost there y’all, almost there! It’s been difficult to get back on my writing schedule, but I’m finally starting to feel like myself again and able to focus on my work.
For your viewing pleasure, here a couple of photos from the trip. :)
Oh, did I tell y’all I am a space geek? We stopped by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center on the way back home!
Summer is upon us, and while some of us are off to do fieldwork, working on articles for publication, visiting family, or whiling the days away on nothing at all, I’ve decided to devote this summer to completing and starting a couple of new projects, as well as having a bit of fun.
- First on the list is wrapping up this dissertation. I am so over grad school and its attending melodrama, and I’m just ready to move on with my life. I’ve mostly enjoyed my experiences there, and I am grateful for the friendships I’ve forged and the lessons I’ve learned in graduate school. But it’s time, y’all. It’s time.
- Related to the grad school shenanigans is the cancellation of my summer course due to low enrollment. I was pretty hyped about teaching this course on LGBTQ identities and popular culture, but I do believe that this is a blessing in disguise. My diss completion timeline just got a boost, and I’ll have time to work on some other writing projects I’ve started. More on this later.
- The JOB SEARCH. I’ll go on the academic job market this year, but I’m also looking for alt-ac and post ac jobs. A girl’s gotta have options, ya’ know?
- I don’t want to reveal too much about all the pots I’ve got on the stove right now, but I can share one thing: I’m thinking about starting a podcast on Black lesbian literature and writers, past and present. What do y’all think? Would any of you listen? Be a guest on the show? I’d love to hear your suggestions. I’m in the planning stages, so email me if you want to talk about it.
- Me and the Mrs. are heading to Florida next week to celebrate her birthday and one year of relationship bliss. We are looking forward to the R&R!
- I’ve just come back from a couple of weeks with the fam, which is always a blast. I didn’t get to see many of my friends, but not for want of trying.
This is about the extent of my plans for the next couple of months. What are YOU doing this summer?