Literary Collective

The Black Lesbian Literary Collective is for women who desire a nurturing and productive writing setting.

Founded by Lauren Cherelle and S. (Stephanie) Andrea Allen, this not for profit collective includes a workshop, where we promote and encourage professional and personal writing (and writing goals) through skill development; a bi-weekly radio show, where we amplify the work of Black lesbian writers and discuss topics and trends in publishing; and an annual writing retreat, where we will celebrate our successes, collaborate with other writers and publishers, and set our intentions for the upcoming year.

Stephanie and Lauren co-host Lez Talk Books Radio on Tuesdays evenings, which features Black lesbian literature and writers. Visit the Literary Collective website.

2016 Shows

2015 Shows

Lez Talk Blog Tour


  • S. (Stephanie) Andrea Allen, Ph.D., is a native southerner and out Black lesbian writer, scholar, and educator. Her works in progress include A Failure to Communicate: Stories, and a collection of creative non-fiction and essays.
  • Lauren Cherelle is the author of the novels The Dawn of Nia (2016) and Accept the Unexpected (2011). She has also published short stories in Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction (2016) and G.R.I.T.S. (2016) – Girls Raised In the South: An Anthology of Southern Queer Womyns’ Voices and Their Allies (2013).

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