Five Black Lesbian Books You Should be Reading for Pride Month-Repost

The BLLC Review is on hiatus in December, so we’re re-posting some of our most popular reviews this month. Here’s our post for Pride Month; get into these amazing Black lesbian writers! It’s Pride month, and there are lists upon lists of books LGBTQ folks should be reading circulating around Read More …

JP Howard on Poetry, Family, and Writing Communities

It has been nearly six months since we shared “JP Howard on Poetry, Family, and Writing Communities” with you, which is part of our interview series where we talk to members of the lesbian literary community. JP Howard aka Juliet P. Howard’s debut poetry collection, SAY/MIRROR, was a 2016 Lambda Literary finalist. She Read More …

Lisa C. Moore on Midwifing the Words of Writers

The following excerpt is part of our interview series where we talk to members of the lesbian literary community. A longer version of this interview will appear in an upcoming issue of our literary journal, Serendipity. Lisa C. Moore is the founder and editor of RedBone Press, which publishes award-winning work Read More …

#TBT with La Toya Hankins

#TBT – Today, we’re pressing rewind to revisit a conversation with our own La Toya Hankins. If you haven’t read a story by La Toya, what are you waiting for? She’s penned short stories for various publications and has released two novels: SBF Seeking… (2012) and K-RHO: The Sweet Taste Read More …

Does Your Mama Know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories

Twenty years ago, Lisa C. Moore cast her net to collect, save, shape, and share the stories of Black lesbians finding their voice and accepting their sexuality. The result, Does Your Mama Know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories, brought together a wealth of experiences in one collection Read More …

Write What You [Don’t] Know

“Write what you know” is an idiom in the creative writing world as common as “show, don’t tell.” These nuggets of writing advice are well meaning, but sometimes, advice without explication can be as useless as a bag of potpourri in a landfill. I recently attended a creative writing conference Read More …

Something Better than Home

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 had been labeled as such. Stories Read More …

The State of Black Lesbian Publishing

Topics in Black Lesbian Publishing is a podcast series that aims to address Black lesbian writing from a publisher’s perspective. In this introductory episode, Lauren and Stephanie discuss challenges they have encountered in publishing and writing communities.

The BLLC Review Fall Recap

At the top of the year, the Black Lesbian Literary Collective launched The BLLC Review, a weekly review blog dedicated to Black lesbian and QWOC writers. We’ve posted 31 books reviews from writers/editors across many genres and various facets of book publishing. The BLLC Review, however, isn’t limited to book Read More …

Starshine & Clay

Kamilah Aisha Moon is Lucille Clifton’s daughter– not by blood but by literary inheritance born of the same observation with which you learn the “Sunday walk” of your mama’s best friend. It’s not just that Moon has studied Clifton; many academics study poetry and still can’t write themselves out of Read More …