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After successfully collaborating on the publication of Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Fiction, Lauren Cherelle and I, both Black lesbian publishers, have taken our commitment to Black lesbian writing one step further by co-founding the Black Lesbian Literary Collective.

The Black Lesbian Literary Collective is a collaborative effort among women with shared cultural experiences who desire a nurturing and productive writing setting. Our efforts include a workshop, where we promote and encourage professional and personal writing (and writing goals) through skills development; a bi-weekly radio show, where we amplify the work of Black lesbian writers and discuss topics and trends in publishing; and an annual writing retreat, where we will celebrate successes, collaborate with other writers and publishers, and set intentions for the upcoming year.

Our mission is to create a nurturing and sustainable environment for Black lesbian and queer women of color writers. We strive to increase lesbian visibility in literary and independent publishing spheres; promote ethical publishing practices through education and rigorous standards; and live our best writing life.

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To find out more about the BLLC, visit blacklesbianliterarycollective.com. “Like” the Black Lesbian Literary Collective on Facebook and follow @lezwriters on Twitter. Writers interested in the workshop or being interviewed on Lez Talk Books Radio should send inquiries to info@blacklesbianliterarycollective.com.

img_1990S. (Stephanie) Andrea Allen, Ph.D., is a native southerner and out Black lesbian writer, scholar, and educator. She co-edited Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction (BLF Press 2015), and her works in progress include A Failure to Communicate, a collection of short fiction. Stephanie also blogs at sistaoutsider.com. In 2014, she founded BLF Press, and recently co-founded the Black Lesbian Literary Collective.

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