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Writing Does Not Have to Be (Nor Should it be) a Solitary Endeavor

Excellent advice from one of my favorite new writers!

Krystal A Smith

As someone who enjoys and craves her solitude writing is the perfect activity for me. I can write or think about writing anywhere, anytime. I don’t have to rely on another person to write the words for me. It’s not like some activities that have multiple people involved.

It can though. That’s what I’m learning and completly embracing. How can I need my alone time and want collaboration at the same time? Easy. In a word it’s all about Community.

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Sitting down to write is definitely, more or less, the part of writing that requires you to “work alone”.  Other people can be in the room while you write, you can even engage with them, but the thoughts and words you put down are yours until you’re ready to share them. You have to figure out how the story goes, the who, what, and where.

That is not to say…

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Why Black Speculative Fiction Month Matters

The Nerds of Color

October is Black Speculative Fiction Month and like legions of others, I am celebrating it something fierce.

Why does Black Speculative Fiction Month matter?

Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because now more than ever our stories must be told and our voices must be heard. Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because too often at cons and writing events, I’m the only nonwhite guest in attendance.

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BLF Press, Writing

Expert Extra!

Hey y'all! My friend and colleague Amanda Lynch D'Agostino invited me to be a guest on her podcast, Inside 254, and we chatted about Black lesbian literature, the difference between Black women and WOC, and other cool stuff. Want to hear it? Here you go! Click the image to listen to the podcast on Podbean.… Continue reading Expert Extra!

BLF Press, Book Reviews

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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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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#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