BLF Press Newsletter - August 2017

The past two months have been a whirlwind of activity for BLF Press! Last month, we traveled to Chicago for the Golden Crown Literary Society conference, where Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction was a Goldie finalist, and our founder Stephanie Andrea Allen, who also co-directs the Black Lesbian Literary Collective with Lauren Cherelle, co-facilitated a workshop on creating sustainable writing communities for lesbians of color.

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BLF Press Newsletter- May 2017


It's hard to believe that it's already mid-May, but it is, and that means that summer is almost upon us. BLF Press will be busy this summer, so we thought we'd share some of our upcoming events with you. I also want to share that our first title, Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction, was named a 2017 Goldie finalist! We are honored and humbled that our work is being recognized by the Golden Crown Literary Society.

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BLF Press Newsletter-March 2017


It's the Ides of March, and I'd hoped that today might be the beginning of the end for the current political administration. It isn't, at least not so far, so we'll just keep doing what we always do: supporting and amplifying the literary work of women of color. With that in mind, we're offering a 20% discount on your entire purchase for the rest of Women's History Month. Just enter WHM2017 at checkout. .

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In May, I took the plunge on one of my life long goals: I started BLF Press, and I have two amazing editors and an artist working with me. I'm very excited about entering the publishing arena, and yes, I know how much work it will be and I know that hundreds of people do this very same thing every year and fail. What makes BLF Press different from those other presses? Not much I suppose, other than the fact that we're inspired by Black women writers who've also done the improbable:  Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Barbara Smith, Toni Cade Bambara, Audre Lorde, the list goes on.  I believe, as they did, that Black women have stories to tell and that we must tell them, by any means necessary. Simple enough, and the reason I've decided to start this press dedicated to amplifying the voices of women that might otherwise get lost in the cacophony of the larger publishing world. It stands to reason then, that BLF Press is necessary. 

We're just starting out, so give us a little time to show you what we're all about. We'd like to be around for a while, so we're trying to do things right. Please let us know if you'd like to know more about us, or have any questions about how we can help you create your best work. 

Peace and love,

S. Andrea