Inspired by the work of Black science fiction and speculative fiction writers Octavia Butler, Jewelle Gomez, Nalo Hopkinson, N.K. Jemisin, and others; as well as by the theory of Afro-futurism as defined by Alondra Nelson, BLF Press is excited to announce a collection that encompasses the broad spectrum of Black speculative writing, including science fiction, fantasy, and Afrofuturism, all by Black women writers.
Black From the Future: A Collection of Black Speculative Writing encompasses the broad spectrum of Black speculative writing, including science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, and Afrofuturism, all by Black women writers. Editors Stephanie Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle have gathered the voices of twenty emerging and established writers in speculative fiction and poetry; writers who’ve imagined the weird and the wondrous, the futuristic and the fantastical, the shadowy and the sublime.
Contributors include: Jewelle Gomez, Eden Royce, Nicole Sconiers, Morgan Christie, Almah LaVon, Vernita Hall, Stefani Cox, Destine Carrington, Leila Green, K.E. Bell, Kivel Carson, Kristian Astre, LaToya Hankins, M. Shelly Conner, Maya Hughley, Nicole Givens-Kurtz, Riley Ramanathan, Tyhitia Green, Lauren Cherelle, and Stephanie Andrea Allen.
BLF Press is an independent Black feminist press dedicated to amplifying the work of women of color. Our goal for this press is to create a space for forward thinking, creative women of exceptional talent. We embrace difference, and envision BLF Press as an outlet for the expression of various types of writing that exemplifies the experiences of women of color in the United States.
“HELPED are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception, and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.”
— The Gospel According to Shug, Alice Walker
“God's Will and Other Lies is a major storytelling delight.“
Jewelle Gomez, author of The Gilda Stories
“[T]here was so much hurt and pain and fear and sorrow ... that I needed more than one kind of song to sing,” says one of Penny Mickelbury’s characters in God’s Will and Other Lies. Here a cacophony of voices sing, spit, and scream their songs in a collection both historical and absolutely contemporary.
Mickelbury’s characters speak in distinct voices, rife with the cadence of place, and her elderly characters are as uniquely defined as her children. Everyone has a fully realized place at this table.” — Camille-Yvette Welsch, Foreword Reviews