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Black like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American Fiction
Black Like Us chronicles 100 years of the
African American lesbian, gay, and bisexual literary tradition.
Beginning with the turn-of-the-century writings of Angelina
Welde Grimke and Alice Dunbar Nelson, it charts the evolution of
black lesbian and gay fiction into the Harlem Renaissance of
Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen and the later postwar era, in
which works by Audre Lorde and James Baldwin signal the emerging
sexual liberation movements. The 40 authors featured also
include Alice Walker, E. Lynn Harris, Audre Lorde, April
Sinclair, Jewelle Gomez, Thomas Glave, and Jacqueline Woodson.
A Deeper Love
by Shonia L. Brown
Coffee will make you black. Beauty is skin
deep. The brown paper bag test. Beauty is in the eye of the
beholder. Youíre too dark to wear bright colors.
The mind is a powerful thing. Developing
negative thoughts through what the mind receives can be
detrimental to any human being. Paula Travis knows this well
because most of her childhood she heard words that destroyed her
self-esteem, and her self-love. She grew up believing that
because of her skin color she was not worthy to love herself or
to be loved by another, until Angel. Angela Reynolds, known to
her friends as Angel is an aspiring writer, who works for a
local Atlanta theatre company. During a season that people
consider the most joyous and loving time of the year, Angel
finds herself at a lesbian bar on Christmas Eve soaking her
wounds in rounds of Cape Cods. Her lover of two years has dumped
her. Angel never expected to meet Paula Travis that night, a
woman who would change her world forever. Through this brief
encounter, Paula and Angel begin a new relationship and journey
towards a deeper love. With the help of a few friends, these two
women search for a place in their hearts and minds where
negative beliefs no longer exist and only love prevails.
Where to Choose
by Penny Mickelbury
GIBSON: SHE USED TO UPHOLD THE LAW. NOW SHE FIGHTS FOR JUSTICE.
Life isn't fair, but former D.C. lawyer Carole
Ann Gibson believes it should be just. A year ago, catching her
husband's killer strained her faith in the legal system to the
breaking point. Now she's climbing out of a numbing grief, and a
plea for help from her mother may be all she needs to snap her
out of her lethargy...or get her killed.
Her mother's neighborhood had been one of Los
Angeles's little jewels: a couple of city blocks where mixed
cultures got along and prospered. Now a rash of muggings and
murders have residents scared to death. If the cops won't help,
what can one woman do? Maybe nothing. But Carole Ann Gibson is
willing to risk her life trying-to uncover the real reason for
police indifference and enter a dark zone where those who catch
criminals sometimes become them...
Author Biography: PENNY MICKELBURY became the
first Black reporter for the Banner-Herald in Athens, Georgia in
1970. Since then she has covered politics for the ABC-TV
affiliate in Washington, D.C., and for the Washington Post. She
has written three previous books, Keeping Secrets, Night
Songs, and One Must Wait. Ms. Mickelbury lives in
The Book of Sarahs: A Family in Parts
by Catherine E. McKinley
McKinley was one of only a few thousand African American and
bi-racial children adopted by white couples in the late 1960s
and early 1970s. Raised in a small, white New England town, she
had a persistent longing for the more diverse community that
would better understand and encompass her. In an era shaped by
the rhetoric of Black Power and Black Pride, McKinley's coming
of age entailed her own detailed investigation into her birth
history, a search complicated by the terms of a closed adoption
that denied her all knowledge of the circumstances of her
birth." The Book of Sarahs traces McKinley's own time of
revelations: after a five-year period marked by dead ends and
disappointments, she finds her birth mother and a half-sister
named Sarah, the name that was originally given to her. When she
locates her birth father and meets several of his eleven other
children she begins to see the whole mosaic of parentage -
African American, WASP, Jewish, Native American - and then is
confronted with a final revelation that threatens to destabilize
all she has uncovered.
I am very proud to announce the release of my
erotic book of poetry and prose, titled,
"Spiraling Out." It is a decade long tale of finding peace
with my sexuality and my love for women.
The story begins with my first discovery of an attraction to
women and journeys to womanhood.
is an extremely happy time for me. I give thanks to my
experiences, and I hope my writing offers understanding,
healing and excitement!
Copies are available for $10.00. Please send an email to
to order Spiraling Out.
I will send you a book right away!!
Thank you for your support! I look forward to hearing from
you! Take care and talk to you soon, Sonya.
Pages: 193 pp.
They're back! Gianna Maglione, the cop
looking for the murderer of well-to-do older lesbians, and Mimi
Patterson the reporter, looking for the next big story are on
the case in the third installation of this popular mystery
series by veteran novelist Penny Mickelbury. This sexy duo finds
time for love and passion while solving the latest string of
murders under investigation by the D.C. Hate Crimes Unit. Smart,
sexy, intriguing, these characters read like people you want to
Mickelbury... dares to write characters you don't meet on every
soap opera and TV drama, and she tackles topical issues that
society likes to sweep under the rug...
by Robin G. White
Pages: 80 pp.
Kings Crossing Publishing is proud to announce the release of its inaugural
publication Resurrection the much-anticipated Collection of Work by
award-winning, Afro-Brazilian, poet, playwright, provacateur Robin G. White.
Best known as the author of the edgy, provacative, ground-breaking play Panty
Liners and the soul-stirring, thought-provoking, performance piece regarding
lesbian, domestic-violence, Remedy, Robin G. s words have reflected the
passions, power and pleasures of people of color for generations.
In Resurrection Robin G.
defines love as the places where our hearts are captured, our spirits are
uplifted and our histories and ancestries are honored. Full of the beautiful and
powerful imagery, lyrical rhymes and the twisting and turning of a phrase for
which she has become known, Robinís words leave you breathless, burning and
hungry for more.
The wordsmith and lead vocalist for the spoken-word band, Sweet Black Molasses,
and soulstess of Drag Kings, Sluts and Goddesses brings her electrifying work
from the stage to the page.
Robin G. White does not merely write; she creates melodies rich with voices from
the common experiences of our people. Sexy, soulful, provocative, her words form
the chorus of our lives. Ė malik m.l. williams, The Adodi Muse: A Gay Negro
To locate or place Resurrection in your area bookstore or for further
information regarding Kings Crossing Publishing or Kings Crossing Publications
The World Is Round
by Nikky Finney
The World Is Round
focuses on the intimacy of life. The intimacy of family. The
intimacy of struggle. The intimacy of community. The intimacy
of sensuality. The intimacy of hatred. The intimacy of hunger.
In this collection of poems I continue to chart my belief that
human beings can be better than we are. In this book I am a
chorus of monks. I am an elephant. Sweetgrasss. The
confederate flag. My motherís umbilical cord. I am a southern
congressmanís retarded son. A Black womanís grotesquely cut
body. My fatherís last cigarette.
- Nikky Finney
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