Updates and Such

Hi all,

It’s been a minute since I’ve updated this blog, but a sista has been busy! Also, still reeling from last week’s terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel church in Charleston. I’m simultaneously enraged and heartbroken, and trying to figure out what more I can do to help.

Lez Talk Cover 2A bit of news:

I’ve created a Facebook page (finally!) for BLF Press. Please like and share if you are able. We are still accepting submissions for our first book, so feel free to share that little tidbit with your writer friends.  As most of you know, this is a collaborative project with Resolute Publishing, another independent Black lesbian press. We truly believe that there are more of us supporting each other than not, and we need to let folks know about it.  If you haven’t signed up for our project newsletter, please do so at Blacklesbianfiction.com.  We’ll be sending out an update soon with information about preorders and such.

Thank you for showing us so much love thus far. How can we support your in your work? Please share links and news and let me know what you’re working on.

Love and light,

Stephanie

Call for Submissions: Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction

Y’all.  I haven’t been nearly as active on this blog as I was last year, but that’s because I’ve been a little busy. Between the new job, trying to finish the dissertation, and starting a small press, a girl has been a little tied up. But good news! Today I am releasing the first call for submissions for my press, (see below), and I hope that some of you will contribute. I am partnering with my Lez Talk Books Radio co-host (and manager of Resolute Publishing) to publish an anthology of short fiction by Black lesbian writers. We are very excited about this project, and we hope you are too! If you want to know more about the press, visit BLF Press.  You can also find out more about our collaboration by visiting Black Lesbian Fiction.

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Inspired by the work of our Black lesbian literary foremothers, Jewelle Gomez, Audre Lorde, Becky Birtha, Ann Allen Shockley, and others, BLF Press and Resolute Publishing will produce a collection of Black lesbian short fiction that amplifies the diversity of Black lesbian experiences. We operate under the assumption that “lesbian” is not a dirty word, and seek submissions from Black women who identify as lesbian and write in the genre of fiction about lesbian experiences. We welcome submissions from writers in varying stages of their writing careers, from seasoned to novice.

Inspired by the work of our Black lesbian literary foremothers, Jewelle Gomez, Audre Lorde, Becky Birtha, Ann Allen Shockley, and others, BLF Press and Resolute Publishing will produce a collection of Black lesbian short fiction that amplifies the diversity of Black lesbian experiences. We operate under the assumption that “lesbian” is not a dirty word, and seek submissions from Black women who identify as lesbian and write in the genre of fiction about lesbian experiences. We welcome submissions from writers in varying stages of their writing careers, from seasoned to novice.

Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction embraces the fullness of Black lesbian experiences— conveying how richly emotional, loving, passionate, adventurous, and talented we are. The editors seeks stories that:

  • cross a range of fictional genres (e.g. romance, speculative, mystery, humor, horror, coming-of-age)
  • merge the themes of Black and lesbian; affirm the interconnectedness of race+gender+sexual orientation; express how Black America/America experiences our race+gender+sexual orientation
  • explore new subjects and aspects of our experiences
  • showcase the uniqueness and beauty of Black lesbian love and lives
  • affirm our gifts as writers and lesbian women.

SUBMISSIONS: All submissions should be previously unpublished work. Short stories should range from 1500–5000 words. Two entries per person are welcome, although only one may be selected for publication. Submit Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or rich text files (.rtf) with one-inch margins and 12-point Times New Roman font. Each submission should be a single document attached to your email. Name the document as your first and last name [e.g. “Janesha Doe” or “Janesha_Doe”]. Do not send submissions in the body of the email. We also request a bio of 200 words. Email submissions to leztalkbooksradio@gmail.com.

COMPENSATION & RIGHTS: Authors will receive one payment of $25.00 USD upon acceptance and one printed copy of the anthology. Authors may purchase print copies
of the anthology at cost.

The publisher (BLF Press) requests exclusive rights to the print and electronic/digital editions of submissions for two years from publication. After two years, contributors retain all rights to the publication of their work. Contributors are asked to sign a one-page publishing agreement. Visit the following site to view the agreement:
Lez Talk Publishing Agreement

DEADLINES & ACCEPTANCE: Submissions are due on May 31, 2015. The editors will acknowledge the receipt of all submissions. Contributors whose work is selected for publication will be notified on 6/30/15. The anthology will be published and available on 9/1/15. Contributors will receive updates about the progress of the publication. Payments will be disbursed on 7/15/15.

THE EDITORS: Lez Talk is partnership between BLF Press publisher S. Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle, manager of Resolute Publishing. Stephanie and Lauren co-host Lez Talk Books Radio, a podcast featuring Black lesbian writers.

  • S. Andrea Allen’s works in progress include A Failure to Communicate (2015), a collection of short fiction, and a collection of creative non-fiction, Black Lesbian Feminist: Essays (2016).
  • Lauren Cherelle is the author of the novels Accept the Unexpected (2011) and The Dawn of Nia (2015), and the short story A Secret Validation (2013).

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Lez Talk Books Radio Debut!

In case you missed it, here’s a recording of our debut show with the formidable Paula D. Ashe last week.  Be sure to tune in Tuesdays at 6:30 to hear us live with our guests.  If you’re interested in being a guest on the show, email us at leztalkbooksradio@gmail.com.

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

Summer Plans, Or Nah?

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?