BLF PRESS Catalog
Krystal A. Smith
Praise for Two Moons:
"In all, Smith writes with raw emotion in powerful, voice-driven prose. Reading Smith is like wandering between dreams; her stunning, fantastical worlds play by their own rules, challenging the imagination and encouraging deep feeling." Booklist
"Krystal A. Smith writes of shape shifters, magical herbalists, and women ripe for love. Her collection of stories marries African American mysticism to speculative fiction announcing Smith’s solid place in the next generation of Afro Futurists. With its sensuous language, deftly drawn characters and engaging narrative style, Two Moons shines bright." Jewelle Gomez, The Gilda Stories
“Two Moons takes readers on a whimsical journey to where ordinary women become goddesses and where Black Girl Magic is never denied. You’ll want to dive into these stories and never leave.” Susana Morris, co-editor of Sycorax's Daughters and the Crunk Feminist Collection
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
S. Andrea Allen
"In this thought-provoking kaleidoscope of stories, Allen is witty, angry (which I personally appreciate), wounded, and willing to share from these different angles how the commonality of what’s not said can and does intersect with the lives of women in media, community, and relationships." Lambda Literary Review
In A Failure to Communicate: Stories, S. Andrea Allen has written a memorable collection of stories that capture the universal essence of what it means to love self, other people, and the importance of communication in an array of beautifully imagined relationships and scenarios. These twelve stories speak an undeniable truth in vibrant vignettes of lesbian love, Black history, feminism, abuse, and loss. - Claudia Moss, author of If You Love Me, Come
Editors: S. Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle
"A riveting gathering of talented voices in black lesbian fiction."—Ashleigh Williams, School Library Journal
“These stories are strong, they are thought-provoking and no two stories are remotely the same…Whilst you may not like every story—and that will be true of any anthology you read—you will be left in no doubt about the skill of each author in crafting their tale. The common thread is Black + lesbian, but the diversity of the stories here outlines the extraordinary depth of talent that is out there, and which needs to find the light of day.” – A.L. Brooks, Curve Magazine
*2017 Goldie Finalist in Anthology
*2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist in LGBT Adult Fiction
“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
“Within this revelatory 22-piece anthology of prose and poetry across the horror, fantasy, and science fiction genres, editors Allen and Cherelle have gathered works by some of the best and boldest voices in African-American speculative writing... There’s something for everyone in this outstanding anthology.” Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)
Forthcoming: August 20, 2019
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.