BLF Press turns five years old this August, and we want to celebrate our success with YOU! Join us at Charis Books and More on August 31st from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to celebrate five years of amplifying Black women’s writing and the release of our upcoming publication, Black From the Future: A Collection of Speculative Fiction. Charis Books and More is the South's oldest independent feminist bookstore, and we are excited to hold our event in their new space. Light hors d'oeuvres and sparkling beverages will be served.
Please join us Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 6pm for a FREE reading and book talk by Stephanie Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle, editors and contributors to the anthology Black From the Future: A Collection of Black Speculative Writing.
Books will be available for sale at the event.
This event is FREE but your RSVP will help the organizers plan. Refreshments will be served.
Confirm your attendance here.
Join Penny Mickelbury and BLF Press as we celebrate the launch of Penny's new collection of short stories, God's Will and Other Lies. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Snacks will be provided from the amazing kitchen of the Urban Foodie Feed Store.
Join BLF Press publisher and editor-in-chief Dr. Stephanie Andrea Allen in her workshop, The Road to Publication, where she’ll discuss small press publishing, (as well as other models), writing/publishing goals, and how to prepare your MS for submission. If you’re in the NC Triangle area, be sure to register soon; seats are limited!
BLF Press will be in attendance at AWP 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Our publisher and editor-in-chief Stephanie Andrea Allen will be presenting on the panel “Elements of Small Press Success.” Be sure to come by and see what she has to say about running a small feminist press.
Did you love Two Moons? If so, come hear Krystal A. Smith talk short stories at Greensboro Bound. She'll be on a panel with two other North Carolina authors. See you there!
Greensboro Bound Literary Festival
Saturday | May 19 | 4:30 pm
Central Library | Nussbaum Room
Short Story Panel
Ray Morrison, Krystal Smith, Steve Cushman | Moderated by Steve Mitchell
Join BLF Press publisher Stephanie Andrea Allen in Greensboro where she'll be one of the panelists at Slush Pile Live, one of the premier events at the North Carolina Writer's Network Conference. From the NCWN:
"How does Slush Pile Live! work? Beginning at 4:00 pm, attendees may drop off either 300 words of prose or one page of poetry in the room of their choice (prose and poetry will be read in both MHRA rooms 1214 and 1215). The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.
At 5:00 pm, a panel of editors will listen to the submissions being read out loud and raise their hand when they hear something that would make them stop reading if the piece were being submitted to their publication. The editors will discuss what they did and did not like about the sample, offering constructive feedback on the manuscript itself and the submission process. All anonymous—all live!"
Join us in Washington D.C. for the OutWrite LGBT Book Festival. BLF Press publisher S. Andrea Allen, and BLLC members La Toya Hankins and Renee Cronin will be participating in a reading panel. BLF Press will be exhibiting, and all of your favorite BLF Press titles will be on sale. To learn more about OutWrite, click here.
BLF Press will be an exhibitor at Shades of Pride, an annual Black Pride celebration in Durham, NC. If you're in the area, come out and see us! We'll have all of your favorite titles on sale and lots of goodies to giveaway.
As part of my work with the Black Lesbian Literary Collective, Lauren and I will be co-facilitating the workshop "Go Where You Are Loved: Creating Sustainable Writing Communities for Lesbians of Color" at GCLS. This literary conference dedicated to lesbian literature will take place from July 5-9, 2017 in Chicago, IL. To learn more about GCLS and the conference, click here.
BLF Press and Resolute Publishing will also be sharing a table in the vendor room, so if you're in the area, please stop by and say hello.
Finally, we are making plans to spend time with YOU while we're in Chicago, so look for more details soon!
Starting March 12, I'll be teaching an online class about publishing. I'm really excited to be collaborating with the Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center as a teaching artist, and I hope that you'll consider joining me. To learn more about the Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center, click here. To register for one of their amazing classes taught by women of color, for women of color, (including mine), click here.
The LGBT Center of Raleigh Library invites you to a special "Meet the Author" event featuring S. (Stephanie) Andrea Allen, Ph.D., a native southerner and out Black lesbian writer, scholar, and educator.
The afternoon will include an author reading, followed by a Q&A discussion led by local author LaToya Hankins (Single BF Seeking.. and K-Rho: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood).
Book signing and dessert reception to follow.
Free and open to the public.
Get tickets here.
About the Author:
Stephanie's works include "A Failure to Communicate," a collection of short fiction and essays. In 2014, Stephanie founded BLF Press, an author-centered, independent, Black feminist press dedicated to amplifying the work of women of color. Her first edited collection, (co-edited with Lauren Cherelle of Resolute Publishing), "Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction," was released in April 2016. Stephanie and Lauren’s second collaboration, "Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color" will be published in January 2017. Stephanie also blogs at http://www.sistaoutsider.com/
Join us in celebrating the release of Lez Talk and meet and chat with your favorite contributors! Be sure to bring questions about your favorite characters, books, or even the authors themselves. We look forward to meeting you!