#TBT with La Toya Hankins

#TBT – Today, we’re pressing rewind to revisit a conversation with our own La Toya Hankins. If you haven’t read a story by La Toya, what are you waiting for? She’s penned short stories for various publications and has released two novels: SBF Seeking… (2012) and K-RHO: The Sweet Taste 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 …

Write What You [Don’t] Know

“Write what you know” is an idiom in the creative writing world as common as “show, don’t tell.” These nuggets of writing advice are well meaning, but sometimes, advice without explication can be as useless as a bag of potpourri in a landfill. I recently attended a creative writing conference 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 State of Black Lesbian Publishing

Topics in Black Lesbian Publishing is a podcast series that aims to address Black lesbian writing from a publisher’s perspective. In this introductory episode, Lauren and Stephanie discuss challenges they have encountered in publishing and writing communities.

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 …

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 …