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Greetings!

I have lots of news this issue, but I am most excited to share with you the cover for Krystal A. Smith's debut collection of speculative fiction, Two Moons. The talented artist Mirlande Jean-Gilles created the original piece for us and we are thrilled. Let us know what you think.

The title will be available for pre-sale May 1, 2017, and has an anticipated release date of June 20, 2017

Love and solidarity,
Stephanie
Founder and Publisher
BLF Press
Black Lesbian Literary Collective

After successfully collaborating on the publication of Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Fiction, Stephanie and Lauren Cherelle (manager of Resolute Publishing) have taken their commitment to Black lesbian writing one step further by co-founding the non-profit Black Lesbian Literary Collective.
 
Their mission is to create a nurturing and sustainable environment for Black lesbian and queer women of color writers. They strive to increase lesbian visibility in literary and independent publishing spheres; promote ethical publishing practices through education and rigorous standards; and live their best writing life.
 
To learn more about their efforts, visit: https://blacklesbianliterarycollective.com/
BLF Press News 

2016 OutWrite LGBT Book Festival

BLF Press was one of many exhibitors at the OutWrite Book Festival in Washington, D. C. on August 6th.  Stephanie, Sheila, and Krystal had a wonderful time sharing space with this amazing community of LGBTQ writers and readers.  


Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color

Pre-sale date: October 1, 2016
Publication date: November 29, 2016

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. 
 
Solace is a collection of poetry and prose that explores our pain, as well as our attempts to find solace in a world that seeks to destroy us. What are our strategies for survival? Where do we find solace? Audre Lorde writes that “we were never meant to survive,” yet here we are.




A Failure to Communicate

Pre-sale date: October 11, 2016
Publication date: December 13, 2016


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.

A university administrator worries that racial tensions will force her to choose between her identity and her lover; a woman realizes that her partner has been hiding a gambling addiction, and has to decide whether to help her or save herself. The women in these stories are often silenced, but Allen imbues them with a voice that demands to be heard. 
  

Lez Talk Books Radio

Have you listened to the LTBR show? In their podcast, Stephanie and Lauren chat with Black women writers about their work.  Listen to archived episodes on our YouTube channel.  Soon, you'll be able to download the show as a podcast on iTunes. We'll keep you posted. 

Lauren and Stephanie have started a new series on LTBR entitled "Topics in Black Lesbian Publishing." Over the next several weeks, we'll be discussing issues like audience, genre, various types of editing, cover design, marketing, reference and fact-checking, copyediting, traditional, indie, and self-publishing, and more.  If you want to learn more about how to publish your best book, listen in on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m.  If you have questions or would like for us to cover a topic, email us at leztalkbooksradio@gmail.com

The next episode in the series, "So You Want to Write a Book," will air soon. Visit 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/leztalkbooksradio for upcoming show dates and times.
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