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 …

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 …

La Toya Hankins on Zora Neale Hurston and Eradicating Self-Doubt

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. La Toya Hankins is the author of SBF Seeking, and K-Rho: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood. The Read More …

Keeping Secrets: A Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione Mystery

I love a good mystery. I thrive on the opportunity to disappear into a who-done-it as I seek to solve the case, devouring clues until a resolution is reached. Penny Mickelbury gives readers the opportunity to enjoy a similar experience in her novel, Keeping Secrets: A Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione Mystery. Read More …

Brown Girl in the Ring

When the first line of an author’s first novel involves someone searching for a viable human heart, the reader should not expect an easy literary ride. Nalo Hopkinson’s first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring, weaves a story of a young woman claiming her power through tapping into the spiritual Read More …

Po Man’s Child

{Warning: This review mentions a sexual practice some readers may find offensive or troubling. Also, suicide, self-mutilation, and drug addiction.} It has been said the sins of the parents sometimes come to rest on the back of the children; that in order to shake free of past tragedies, one must Read More …

First Bloom-Stories of Blossoming Black Lesbian Love

  Love is such a complex emotion it sometimes defies explanation. It can inspire someone to stretch themselves beyond their comfort zone. For others, it prompts contortions to avoid causing pain or discomfort to those who they care about. It can make someone run toward a burning building or walk Read More …

Happiness, Like Water

I love short story collections. They offer readers a chance to walk a mile in so many different shoes. Each story is an opportunity to be someone different, and experience reality through the eyes of a character completely opposite in every way imaginable. The mark of a great collection is Read More …

The Prosaic Soul of Nikki Giovanni

April is National Poetry Month so it would seem appropriate to sing the praise of Nikki Giovanni. The force behind classics such as Ego Tripping, Cotton Candy on A Rainy Day, and I Wrote a Good Omelet earned her place in the poetry pantheon many times over. While her poetry Read More …

Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology

I still don’t know how they pulled it off. A white lesbian and a black gay male selected a book written for, about, and written primarily by black lesbian writers to teach for an honors class at a North Carolina university in the early 1990s. No matter what method they Read More …