Nik Nicholson on Writing and Learning to Love Your Characters

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. Nik Nicholson became an artist as a teen, writing poetry and painting. She became a professional poet after being nurtured and recognized as a performer of spoken word at the West Las Vegas Art Center’s Poet’s Corner.  As a result, she was often contracted to 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 away from a life of comfort. First Bloom-Stories of Blossoming Black Lesbian Love is a collection of stories edited by Saydeah E. Howard that provides literary examples of all the Read More …

A Return to Arms

I’ve always felt that a sign of a good read is one that elicits emotions in the reader. There were several times when I teetered between anger and delight as I read A Return to Arms. The character, Kanaan, brought up (past) anger because I’ve encountered men like him—particularly in social circles aimed at Black audiences and social awareness. My delight stems from a deep appreciation for sistahs like Toya, Folami, and Nina who “walk the walk and talk the Read More …

When She Says Yes

When She Says Yes is a collection of erotic stories spanning ten years. The work showcases a medley of stories, including “Tattoo,” the first story Zedde published, to several in-between stories, and the recently published tale, “Kiss of the Rain Queen,” which opens the collection. Well-selected, the stories are an offering of tantalizing tales of Black lesbians caught in the throes of passion. Zedde does a masterful job of creating settings that bring her scenes to life. In “Kiss of the Rain Read More …

Jam on the Vine

Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett is a tasty literary history lesson of black migration, race reporting, and the joy of finding love and purpose in life. Barnett tells the story of Ivoe Williams, an inquisitive black girl growing up in Texas in the late 1800s to a Muslim mother and African American father. Her world is wide open and her quick mind leads her to attend college where she finds her first love— journalism. It is during her Read More …

Another Brooklyn

“I lifted my head to look up into the changing leaves, thinking how at some point, we were all headed home. At some point, all of this, everything and everyone, became memory.” Thus ends the hauntingly beautiful lyrical novel Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. This was my first foray into Woodson’s work, and I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d read that she was an amazing writer, and she has a National Book Award to prove Read More …