Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color

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Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color


Editors: S. Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle

“In Solace, Allen and Cherelle collect an exciting group of LGBTQ women of color writers to explore the power of literature and identity. These words could not be more timely or more important. Read Solace to find comfort, build strength and formulate resolve for the work ahead.” – Julie R. Enszer, author of Avowed

*2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist in LGBT Non-Fiction

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Deeply troubled by recent acts of violence against Black and Brown lesbian, bisexual, and trans* bodies, Solace: Writing, Refuge and LGBTQ Women of Color explores how LGBTQ women find solace: in each other, in their communities, and from within themselves, as they traverse the challenges of living as LGBTQ women of color in the United States.

Solace is a collection of poetry and prose that explores our pain, as well as our attempts to find solace in a world that seeks to destroy us. What are our strategies for survival? Where do we find solace? Audre Lorde writes that “we were never meant to survive,” yet here we are.

THE EDITORS:  Solace is a collaborative effort between BLF Press publisher S. Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle, manager of Resolute Publishing. Stephanie and Lauren co-edited Lez Talk Books: A Collection of Black Lesbian Fiction (2016) and co-host Lez Talk Books Radio, a podcast featuring Black lesbian writers. Solace will be their second literary collaboration.

S. (Stephanie) Andrea Allen is author of A Failure to Communicate (2017), a collection of short fiction and essays. She is currently working on her first novel. 

Lauren Cherelle is the author of the novels Accept the Unexpected (2011) and The Dawn of Nia (2016), and the short story "A Secret Validation" (2013).

Cover Design: L. Curry

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0-9972439-6-3

ePub ISBN-13: 978-0-9972439-5-6

Library of Congress Control Number:  2016913556