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
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!
Beautiful review of my new book by the amazing Claudia Moss!
I'm tired. Like many of you, I'm tired of waking up to new reports of inanity by 45 and his cronies, and wondering how much more we will suffer before it is all over. I'm exhausted with worry for my immigrant, queer, and Muslim friends. Day before yesterday, I was on a flight from Atlanta… Continue reading #7 On (Not) Writing Last Week
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
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
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
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
Call me crazy, but I just committed to writing an essay a week for the next 52 weeks. Why, you ask? Well, mainly because I need to get back to a consistent writing schedule. Since graduating with my doctorate in late 2015, I've been hit or miss in regards to keeping up with my writing time.… Continue reading #52essays2017
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