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 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 …

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 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 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 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 Read More …