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 …

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 …

Once and Future Lovers

If you aren’t familiar with Sheree L. Greer, let me introduce you to her debut short story collection, Once and Future Lovers. As the titles suggests, love threads the stories together, but prominent themes such as family and maturation are also infused in the characters and their experiences. The collection Read More …

The Power of Mercy

The Power of Mercy by Fiona Zedde is the second book in a new superheroine series by lesbian publisher Ylva Publishing. If you’re already a fan of Zedde’s, The Power of Mercy is definitely a bit of a departure from her usual fare, which is exactly why I liked it Read More …

Nikki Harmon on Women-Centered Spaces and Storytelling

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. Nikki Harmon, an alumna of The Philadelphia High School for Girls, Wesleyan University and Temple 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 …

The Summer We Got Free

The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie opens in 1976 in West Philadelphia at the Delaney family home. It’s a neglected dwelling that mirrors the emotional and spiritual state of the five-member family. Thirty-year-old Ava (the protagonist) resides with her husband (Paul), older sister (Sarah), and parents (Regina and Read More …

Bury Me When I’m Dead

Bury Me When I’m Dead by Cheryl Head is a good old-fashioned whodunit, starring a cast of well-developed characters that help to ground its complex plot. Before I begin, a caveat or two: The protagonist of this novel isn’t lesbian, she’s bisexual, and that adds a little something extra to Read More …

JP Howard on Poetry, Family, and Writing Communities

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. JP Howard aka Juliet P. Howard’s debut poetry collection, SAY/MIRROR, was a 2016 Lambda Literary finalist. She is Read More …