Stephanie Andrea Allen, Ph.D., is a native southerner and out Black lesbian writer, scholar, and educator. She is the author of A Failure to Communicate (BLF Press, 2017), a collection of short fiction and essays, and co-edited Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction (BLF Press, 2016), and Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color (BLF Press, 2017). She also blogs at sistaoutsider.com.
She is Founder and Publisher at BLF Press, an author-centered, independent, Black feminist press dedicated to amplifying the work of women of color; and recently co-founded the Black Lesbian Literary Collective “as a collaborative effort among women with shared cultural experiences who desire a nurturing and productive writing setting.” She is also co-founder and co-editor of Serendipity Literary Magazine.
Stephanie holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University, an M.A. in English from Auburn University, and a B.A. in English from Columbus State University. Her scholarship examines the marginalization of Black lesbian cultural productions and the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality that contribute to the invisibility of Black lesbians in popular and literary culture.