A necessary and relevant addition to the Black LGBTQ literary canon, which oftentimes over looks Black lesbian writing, Lez Talk is a collection of short stories that embraces the fullness of Black lesbian experiences. The contributors operate under the assumption that “lesbian” is not a dirty word, and have written stories that amplify the diversity of Black lesbian lives.
At once provocative, emotional, adventurous, and celebratory, Lez Talk crosses a range of fictional genres, including romance, speculative, and humor. The writers explore new subjects and aspects of their experiences, and affirm their gifts as writers and lesbian women. Beginning with Sheree L. Greer’s “I Can’t Turn it Off,” a short, powerful tale imbued with socio-political undercurrents, the collection also includes work from Claudia Moss, LaToya Hankins, Lauren Cherelle, K.A. Smith, S. Andrea Allen, Faith Mosley, and Eternity Philops.
Praise for Lez Talk:
“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
“This anthology is refreshing: although several writers have prior publications and long-term writing careers, they are all “new” to me – that makes me happy. Here is a different generation of Black & Lesbian writers; another generation(s) to keep this literary movement alive and well. And an anthology is the perfect medium. Having been included in anthologies, used them as textbooks, references, pillows, coffee table and chair legs, i feel a special closeness with anthologies. An anthology is a literary community or communal world; Lez Talk is connections and conversations that are familiar and startlingly strange; warm & inviting, and then again, not so much – all still part of the ongoing communal exchange.” – doris davenport, performance poet/writer/educator