BLLC Review, Writing

Stephanie Andrea Allen on Writer’s Block and What to Do When the Words Won’t Come

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

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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!

#52essays2017, Black History Month

Celebrating Black History: All Day, Everyday

Disclaimer: this really isn't an essay, but it will have to do. Like many of my #52essays2017 cohort, I'm struggling to write this week. But hey, words are words, right? So while I celebrate and educate folks on Black history and culture (American history and culture) EVERY SINGLE DAY, this year, I've decided to be a… Continue reading Celebrating Black History: All Day, Everyday

#52essays2017, Writing

#4 Living My Best Writing Life, Workshop Edition

Yesterday, for the first time in two months, I met with my writing group. I had no idea how much I’d missed them. The last time I’d seen them was in November, and then only briefly. I’d been in Montreal at a conference, and only popped in to the video conference for a minute or… Continue reading #4 Living My Best Writing Life, Workshop Edition

#52essays2017

#3 A Brief History of My Cats

For as long as I can remember, my family has had cats. Mama said she’d had a dog, Wallace, when she was a girl, but other than that, cats. Theresa was our first cat. I don’t remember much about her, but I do remember that she was gray and white, and had at least one… Continue reading #3 A Brief History of My Cats

#52essays2017

#1: Transitions

On August 4, 2009, I loaded up my car and with my ex riding shotgun, made the twenty-seven-hour drive from Spokane, Washington to West Lafayette, Indiana to start graduate school. It was a transition of grand proportions, I'd gone from working in corporate America to teaching high school English to working in the multicultural affairs office… Continue reading #1: Transitions

Book Reviews

Lyric and Blake: A brief review

Lyric and Blake by V. Nikki Jones My rating: 4 of 5 stars Lyric and Blake is exactly what you’d think a short novel about pre-teens would be: full of messy, smart-alecky kids trying to figure out who they are and how to get through the next class period. What’s most compelling about Lyric and… Continue reading Lyric and Blake: A brief review