BLF Press is an independent Black feminist press dedicated to amplifying the work of women of color. We strive 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 exemplify the experiences of women of color in the United States.
Stephanie Andrea Allen, Ph.D., is a native southerner and out Black lesbian writer, scholar, and educator. She founded BLF Press in 2014 while she was still in graduate school, realizing that the challenges that women faced in regards to publishing still existed, (lack of diversity in publishing; the [false] notion that lesbian literature was now “mainstream;” lack of access to agents, editors, and other publishing professionals; and more than anything, the notion that our stories were somehow unworthy or had no literary merit), and decided that she could do something about that.
Stephanie recently co-founded the Black Lesbian Literary Collective, a not-for-profit collective collaborative focused on creating a nurturing and sustainable environment for Black lesbian and queer women of color writers.
Stephanie holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University, an M.A. in English from Auburn University, and a B.A. in English from Columbus State University. Her scholarship examines the marginalization of Black lesbian cultural productions and the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality that contribute to the invisibility of Black lesbians in popular and literary culture.
You can learn more about Stephanie at sandreaallen.com
Andie Hayes is a writer, editor and painter. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and is currently pursing an MLIS at North Carolina Central University. Her experience includes: Assistant Editor at Southern Views Magazine and senior copy editor of Arden. She has published both short stories and paintings. Her current projects focus on endometriosis awareness and two series of books for children.
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Lauren Cherelle uses her time and talents to traverse imaginary and professional worlds. She holds a BFA in graphic design, an MBA from the University of Tennessee, and writing certifications from the University of Louisville. She recently co-published an IGI Global book chapter about Black feminist treatment for sexual trauma survivors.
In 2016, Lauren co-founded a literary collective for Black lesbian and queer women of color. Her co-edited projects include Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color and Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction. You can find her southern/Black characters in Lez Talk, The Dawn of Nia (Resolute Publishing, 2016), and G.R.I.T.S: Girls Raised in the South — An Anthology of Queer Womyn’s Voices & Their Allies (Freeverse Publishing, 2013).
You can learn more about Lauren at lcherelle.com.