Founder and Publisher: 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.
Our goal is to continue the tradition of small feminist presses that gave rise to such publications as This Bridge Across My Back: Writings of Radical Women of Color, Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, Don't Explain, Loving Her, and Sister Outsider: Essays. A lofty goal for sure, but we believe that the legacy the authors and publishers of these works left us was the will to survive, and the desire to create more spaces for forward thinking, creative women.
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
Managing Editor: Andie Hayes
Andie is a writer, editor and painter. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Professional Writing. 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.