Writing collectives/groups have played an integral part in lesbian literary history, and this special issue of Sinister Wisdom
seeks to interrogate the role they have played in supporting our
personal writing, as well as their impact on the larger lesbian literary
community. In this issue of Sinister Wisdom, guest editors S.
(Stephanie) Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle are seeking personal
essays, stories, interviews, oral histories, poetry, short academic
papers, and other original writing and art focused on lesbian writing
Organizing questions for this issue include: What lesbian writing
collectives have supported your writing? How do lesbian literary
collectives help foster your creativity? How have lesbian writing
collectives helped to improve your writing/writing journey? What has
been your experience facilitating or hosting writing collectives? How
does your collective find members? What are the guiding principles of
your writing collective? How do lesbian writing collectives counter
systems of oppression? What challenges has your writing collective/group
faced? How have you addressed those challenges? What lessons can we
learn from lesbian writing collectives/groups of the past? What
technological innovations have you used to create/facilitate/host your
writing collective? Has your writing collective/group collaborated with
other writing collectives? How has your writing collective supported
your local community? We are especially interested in hearing about your
successes and your accomplishments, so tell us what has worked, but
don’t be afraid to tell us what didn’t.
Submit to Sinister Wisdom's themed issue on Lesbian Writing Collectives by July 30, 2018.
S. (Stephanie) Andrea Allen, Ph.D., is a native southerner and out Black lesbian writer, scholar, and educator. She is Founder and Publisher at BLF Press,
an author-centered, independent, Black feminist press dedicated to
amplifying the work of women of color; and recently co-founded the Black Lesbian Literary Collective
“as a collaborative effort among women with shared cultural experiences
who desire a nurturing and productive writing setting.” She is the
author of A Failure to Communicate (BLF Press, 2017), a collection of short fiction and essays, and co-edited Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction (BLF Press, 2016), and Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color (BLF Press, 2017).
Stephanie holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University, a
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 marginalization of
Black lesbians in popular and literary culture.
Lauren Cherelle uses her time and talents to traverse
imaginary and professional worlds. She manages and writes for Resolute
Publishing, an independent publisher that helps transform dreams into
realities for women. Lauren co-edited Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color (2017) and co-directs the Black Lesbian Literary Collective. She is the author of the f/f novel, The Dawn of Nia (2016), and she has written short stories for Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction (2016) and G.R.I.T.S: Girls Raised in the South — An Anthology of Queer Womyn’s Voices & Their Allies (2013). Her stories reflect the lives of Southern Black girls and women.
Lauren holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee and writing
certifications from the University of Louisville. During the week, she
works in nonprofit development. On the weekends, she hangs up her
fundraising hat to focus on personal writing and family. Join Lauren on
Twitter: @laurencre8s and @blacklesfic.