BLF Press, Writing

A Conversation with Stephanie Andrea Allen

Thanks so much for this interview about me and BLF Press!

The Minnesota Review

By Lauren Garretson

This is the sixth in a series of blogs written by the editorial staff of the minnesota review interviewing editors and folks in publishing. We hope that these will shed some light on the industry and help you learn more about how, where, and why to submit your work. 

I had the pleasure of speaking with Stephanie Andrea Allen, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of BLF Press, earlier this month. Stephanie is a native southerner and out Black lesbian writer, scholar and educator, as well as the founder and editor-in-chief of BLF Press. Created in 2014 in response to the various struggles marginalized women so often face in the publishing industry, BLF Press identifies itself as an independent Black feminist press dedicated to amplifying the work of women of color. Stephanie has also co-founded the Black Lesbian Literary Collective, which seeks to cultivate a supportive writing community for…

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BLF Press

Cover Reveal!

Some of y'all might know that I'm also the publisher and editor-in-chief at BLF Press. Yesterday, we revealed the cover for our upcoming anthology of Black speculative writing, and I realized that I needed to share it with you too! 🙂 Forthcoming from BLF Press: August 20, 2019Inspired by the work of Black science fiction… Continue reading Cover Reveal!

BLF Press, BLLC Review, Current Projects, Events, Uncategorized, Writing

Writin’ is Fightin’

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’

BLF Press, BLLC Review, Writing

Why Did My Story Get Rejected?

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?

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/  

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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