About Us

The Black Lesbian Literary Collective is a non-profit collective (organized in North Carolina) founded by Lauren Cherelle and S. (Stephanie) Andrea Allen to bring together 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 skill development
  • a radio show, where we amplify the work of Black lesbian writers and discuss topics and trends in publishing
  • an annual writing retreat, where we will celebrate our successes, collaborate with other writers and publishers, and set our intentions for the upcoming year.
  • and an bi-annual literary journal, where we engage with issues of race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and intersecting identities.

#119_webLauren Cherelle, MBA, uses her time and talents to traverse imaginary and professional worlds. She manages and writes for Resolute Publishing, an indie publisher that helps transform dreams into realities for female writers. Her second novel, The Dawn of Nia— a story about the sting of abandonment, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the grace of transformative love—was released in April 2016. She has published stories in G.R.I.T.S: Girls Raised in the South: An Anthology of Queer Womyn’s Voices & Their Allies (2013) and Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction (2016).

Her stories reflect the lives and relationships of Southern, lesbian identified Black females. “Through my characters, I hope that all women can shed damaging stereotypes and tainted expectations. We can expound on the limited meanings of ‘woman’ and ‘sexuality’ by forming our own definitions.”

IMG_1990S. (Stephanie) Andrea Allen, Ph.D., is a native southerner and out Black lesbian writer, scholar, and educator. Her works in progress include A Failure to Communicate, a collection of short fiction and essays. She also blogs at sistaoutsider.com. Her other writing credits include scholarly articles on the topics of race and sexuality, and work as a reviewer for Feral Feminisms and The Lesbrary.

In 2014, Stephanie founded BLF Press, and her first edited collection, (co-edited with Lauren Cherelle of Resolute Publishing), Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction, was released on April 5, 2016. Stephanie and Lauren also founded the bi-weekly radio show, Lez Talk Books Radio, which aims to amplify the writing of Black lesbians. Stephanie and Lauren’s second collaboration, Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color was released in January 2017.