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New Review of A Failure to Communicate

Hey y'all! Lambda Literary just reviewed my book and it was such a thoughtful review! I'm so happy that someone took the time to read and write about my little book.  Here's the link if you'd like to read it. http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/fiction/07/30/a-failure-to-communicate-by-s-andrea-allen/  

BLLC Review, Book Reviews

Five Black Lesbian Books You Should be Reading for Pride Month — Black Lesbian Literary Collective

My latest over at the BLLC Review! Pride month is nearly over, and there are lists upon lists of books LGBTQ folks should be reading circulating around the internet. Interestingly, most of them don’t have many, if any, Black lesbian books included on them. A wonderful exception is this list by Danika Ellis, head librarian… Continue reading Five Black Lesbian Books You Should be Reading for Pride Month — Black Lesbian Literary Collective

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Braid Fail, or Everything Ain’t for Everybody

"I want them out, now!" "Have you tried witch hazel? Why don't you wash them first?" My daughter waits patiently for me to respond, although I can see the exasperation in her eyes. Or maybe it's sleep, it's 5:30 a.m. "Nope. Maybe I'm just one of those people who can't wear braids." "Okay, but there's… Continue reading Braid Fail, or Everything Ain’t for Everybody

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National Poetry Month 2017

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It’s that wonderful time of year when the literary spotlight shines on poetry! Happy National Poetry Month (NPM)! Throughout the month of April, I’ll highlight poetry collections. For most of my life I’ve said that I wasn’t a “poetry person”. I hadn’t felt a strong need for or connection with it. As a kid, though, I loved my grandfather’s well-worn copy of Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne and the humorous verse of Shel Silverstein.

Lately, however, events in my life have created an opening for the particular rhythms and voices reflected in poetry. I’m currently reading “When the Chant Comes” by Kay Ulanday Barrett. What about you?

Poem in Your Pocket Day is on Thursday, April 27!  Check out Poets.org for tons of good stuff, including “30 Ways to Celebrate“!

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2016

Other ways you can spiffy up your life with poetry:

  • Write a poem on a…

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BLLC Review, Book Reviews

Five Classic Black Lesbian Books that You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Need to Read

My latest over at the BLLC Review!

I recently attended a literary conference focused on lesbian literature and was shocked at how many attendees didn’t know anything about Black lesbian literature outside of two or three authors. Most were familiar with Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, and Audre Lorde, the consummate Black lesbian poet, but that was about it. Full disclosure: I wrote an entire dissertation on the marginalization of Black lesbian literature, so I might know more about Black lesbian books than the average lesbian literature lover. Still, here are a few titles that you’ve probably never heard of, but that you should definitely read. This month I’ll discuss five titles, and I’ll finish up the list next month.

  1. Loving Her (1974). Ann Allen Shockley is generally hailed as the first Black lesbian novel Loving Herpublished in the United States, i.e., the first novel written by a Black…

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#9 Serendipity, or the Evolution of an Anthology

This week, I found out that BLF Press's first title, Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction, was named a 2016 Forward INDIES finalist for LGBT Adult Fiction. I am thrilled about this, and want to share an updated version of the essay I wrote last year for Women and Words about how the… Continue reading #9 Serendipity, or the Evolution of an Anthology

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#8 Safely and Without Incident

Are you on your way home? It’s around 9:40 p.m. last night and I’d just sent my 26 year-old daughter a text message. She didn’t respond, but a couple of minutes later my phone rang. She told me that she and her friend were headed to Applebee’s (ewww!) for something to eat before heading back home,… Continue reading #8 Safely and Without Incident

Book Reviews

A Failure to Communicate: Stories

Beautiful review of my new book by the amazing Claudia Moss!

Claudia Moss

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I have ever been a lover of literature, of the power of words to introduce new realities, challenge my view of the world and broaden my perspectives on people and ideologies.

In her premiere story collection, S. Andrea Allen dips her quill in the ink of creativity and offers up literature that broadens readers’ perspectives, I believe, on subjects not typically broached in contemporary story collections. Allen’s work demands thought, from its cover to its choice of stories and essays. When you part its pages, the book posts a sign, ‘No skating allowed,’ in the meaningful silence behind its provocative title. As a reader, you will be required to feel, reflect, and reexamine what you may have previously held as truth.

A Failure to Communicate lifts the curtain on the issue of the importance of communication, or the lack thereof, in the lives of Black women.

The collection opens with…

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