No Telephone to Heaven

No Telephone to Heaven can be compared to a Tilt-A-Whirl carnival ride. The book, published more than three decades ago, immerses the reader into a whirlwind of color. It shuttles back and forward at such speed it leaves the reader questioning exactly what is going on and, just when you Read More …

An Unkindness of Ghosts

Happy New Year folks! And happy one-year anniversary to The BLLC Review. I’m elated to kick-off year #2 with a review of An Unkindness of Ghosts. Rivers Solomon’s debut science-fiction novel is laced with well-built characters and subplots that sustain an intensely painted dystopian world. Overview: A sparse number of Read More …

Something Better than Home-Repost

The BLLC Review is on hiatus in December, so we’re re-posting some of our most popular reviews this month, which includes Something Better than Home by Leona Beasley– a coming of age story about a young Black lesbian growing up in the post-Civil Rights era South. At first glance this Read More …

Once and Future Lovers-Repost

The BLLC Review is on hiatus in December, so we’re re-posting some of our most popular reviews this month, which includes Once & Future Lovers— a short story collection by Sheree L. Greer. As the titles suggests, love threads the stories together, but prominent themes such as family and maturation 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 …

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 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 …

Head Off and Split

Poetry can be so many things in the right hands. It can elevate the senses, challenge perceptions, or increase understanding of complex topics. Nikky Finney’s Head Off & Split , which won the National Book Award for poetry in 2011, does all that and more with poems grounded in reality, yet also Read More …

Smoketown

Smoketown is a science fiction novel by Tenea D. Johnson. A Kentucky native, Johnson named the story after Louisville’s Smoketown, a historically African American neighborhood that housed a “large number of (smoke-producing) kilns.”[1] Johnson retains the history of the people and place in her novel and transforms the futuristic Smoketown Read More …