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. 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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Amber Williams is a copy editor and publications specialist from Garner, NC. In the realm of academic publishing, she has edited for multiple journals, including the Geotechnical Testing Journal and the Journal of Testing and Evaluation. She was Managing Editor of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Researchfor 7 years. As a freelancer, she has worked on several self-published works of fiction and nonfiction, including Girls Raised In The South (G.R.I.T.S.), an anthology of queer writing. Her focus is on supporting the publication of work by women of color. She has worked for the client services arm of Lulu Press and American Journal Experts assisting authors in the self-publishing process. She is a member of the American Copy Editors Society and a former member of the Council of Science Editors. Amber earned her BA in English from Bennett College.