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Lez Talk Named 2016 Forward INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist

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Greetings!

Today, April 5, 2017, marks the one-year anniversary of BLF Press's first release, Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction.  So much has happened with Lez Talk over the past year, including profiles on the Ms. Magazine blog, Huffington Post, and meeting so many of you while we were on tour with the book. 

When I started BLF Press in 2014, I wasn't sure what direction our work would take, I just knew that I wanted to create a space where Black lesbian and queer voices would be honored, and it was my good fortune that our first title was a cacophony of Black lesbian literary voices. Since then, we've published another anthology, as well as my collection of short stories, and we've got more exciting work on the horizon. 

You may have already heard, but Lez Talk  has been recognized as a finalist in the 19th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. I am honored and humbled that our first title has been recognized by this organization. You can read the press release here. 

I just want to say thank you so much for your support. I hope that you appreciate the significance of Lez Talk. Now more than ever, we need to create spaces where our stories are appreciated and accepted.

Love and solidarity,

Stephanie 

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, BLF Press

Lez Talk reading at Charis Books in Atlanta, Georgia, May 2016. Top left: Krystal A. Smith. Top right: Claudia Moss. Bottom, from left to right: Stephanie A. Allen, Claudia Moss, Krystal A. Smith, Lauren Cherelle. 
Upcoming Events:
Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS):

As part of my work with the Black Lesbian Literary Collective, Lauren and I will be co-facilitating the workshop "Go Where You Are Loved: Creating Sustainable Writing Communities for Lesbians of Color" at GCLS. This literary conference dedicated to lesbian literature will take place from July 5-9, 2017 in Chicago, IL. To learn more about GCLS and the conference, click here.

BLF Press and Resolute Publishing will also be sharing a table in the vendor room, so if you're in the area, please stop by and say hello. 

Finally, we are making plans to spend time with YOU while we're in Chicago, so look for more details soon!
OutWrite LGBT Book Festival

Join us in Washington D.C. for the 2017 OutWrite LGBT Book Festival August 4-6. BLF Press publisher S. (Stephanie) Andrea Allen, and Black Lesbian Literary Collective members La Toya Hankins and Renee Cronin, will be participating in a reading panel. BLF Press will also be an exhibitor, and all of your favorite BLF Press titles will be on sale. To learn more about OutWrite, click here. 
 

How You Can Support BLF Press

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Lez Talk II

Lauren and I are accepting short story submissions for Lez Talk II, our second anthology featuring stories that amplify the diversity of Black lesbian experiences. For more information on submissions guidelines, click here.
BLF Press New Releases 

A Failure to Communicate

S. (Stephanie) Andrea Allen’s debut collection of short fiction focuses on how communication, or the lack thereof, impacts Black women’s lives.  The stories range from the humorous to the heartbreaking: one woman wins a bake-off because her co-worker misunderstands the contest; an overweight woman finally learns to love herself, even though it means leaving her girlfriend.

"In A Failure to Communicate: Stories, S. Andrea Allen has written a memorable collection of stories that capture the universal essence of what it means to love self, other people, and the importance of communication in an array of beautifully imagined relationships and scenarios. These twelve stories speak an undeniable truth in vibrant vignettes of lesbian love, Black history, feminism, abuse, and loss." - Claudia Moss, author of If You Love Me, Come




Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color


Deeply troubled by recent acts of violence against Black and Brown lesbian, bisexual, and trans* bodies, Solace: Writing, Refuge and LGBTQ Women of Color explores how LGBTQ women find solace: in each other, in their communities, and from within themselves, as they traverse the challenges of living as LGBTQ women of color in the United States. 

“In Solace, Allen and Cherelle collect an exciting group of LGBTQ women of color writers to explore the power of literature and identity. These words could not be more timely or more important. Read Solace to find comfort, build strength, and formulate resolve for the work ahead.” - Julie R. Enszer, author of Avowed

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