Sometime last summer, I was asked to serve as an advisory board member of an upcoming exhibit being curated by Erica Cardwell entitled Queer Home. I was intrigued, but I needed to know more. My relationship with the word queer has always been fraught, although I do recognize its utility as a term that can… Continue reading Serendipity 2.0: Queer Home
I hope that the start of the new year is bringing you hope and inspiration to do the things you've always wanted to do. Although it seems that the world is a dumpster fire right now, we can still find joy in our families, friends, and community. In 2018, I shook off even more of… Continue reading Writin’ is Fightin’
Here's my latest post over on the BLLC! What are you reading this fall? So, I don’t know about y’all, but all I want to do these days is curl up somewhere with a good book or two. Or three or four. If you know anything at all about me, you know that I’m almost… Continue reading Steph’s Fall Reading List — Black Lesbian Literary Collective
My short piece, "Why Did My Story Get Rejected?," was originally published on the BLLC Review. Rejection is hard, and let’s face it, as writers, we’ve all been there. We’ve worked tirelessly on a new story, only to be rejected from what we thought was a the perfect medium for the piece. Why? Well, no… Continue reading Why Did My Story Get Rejected?
I was on my way downtown when a funny thing happened. And I mean funny ridiculous, not funny haha. I rounded a corner to merge onto the main thoroughfare in my little town, (about 20 minutes from the festival), and I noticed a police car make a sharp right turn from the left turn lane.… Continue reading A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Festival, or What the Cuss, Karen?
This is a cross-post of a blog I wrote for The BLLC Review. So, there comes a time in every writer’s life when she sits down in front of a computer screen or pulls out her pen and pad and nothing happens. Nothing. No matter how long she sits there, the words just won’t come.… Continue reading Stephanie Andrea Allen on Writer’s Block and What to Do When the Words Won’t Come
My latest over at the BLLC! So, for the past couple of years, I’ve entered the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and once again, I failed to meet my goal. I tend to overestimate how much time I have for reading, and I always seem to buy more books than I can actually read. I also… Continue reading A Few of My Favorite Books — Black Lesbian Literary Collective
Hey y'all! I'm co-editing (and publishing) an anthology of speculative writing by Black women writers. Please submit and share!
My review of Something Better than Home originally appeared at The BLLC Review. Something Better than Home by Leona Beasley is coming of age story about a young Black lesbian growing up in the post-Civil Rights era South. At first glance this book doesn’t seem like young adult fiction, but it is, and I wish that it… Continue reading Something Better than Home: A Review