letters to the editor.DEAR EDITOR,
I was very disappointed with the depth and research involved in "Loving Her" (BIBR BIBR Bay Islands Beach Resort (Roatan, Honduras)
BIBR Backward Indicator Bit Received , May-June 2000). There were several points that should have been explored which would have made this article a more beneficial and helpful one. In addition, there were several authors who were not mentioned or contacted. Interviews with these and other authors would have provided more depth to the article. Naiad Naiad, in astronomy
Naiad, in astronomy, one of the natural satellites, or moons, of Neptune.
naiad, in zoology: see insect. and other lesbian oriented publishers, particularly those publishing African American African American Multiculture A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. See Race. lesbian writers, such as Lisa C. Moore's Redbone Noun 1. redbone - a speedy red or red-and-tan American hound
hound, hound dog - any of several breeds of dog used for hunting typically having large drooping ears Press, should have been contacted regarding other African American lesbian writers who might have been or presently are linked to them.
What are the cultural restrictions that influence lesbian writers? How many feel restricted by the prevailing attitude regarding female homosexuality in the African American community? How many are simply afraid to come out? What are African American publishers doing to encourage lesbian and gay writers? This article deserves a follow up, and I hope that it is an idea that you are considering.
--Patricia Scott Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the United States of America. With a population of 234,403 as of the 2000 census, Norfolk is Virginia's second-largest incorporated city.
Editors Note: We have gotten more response, positive and negative, to this article than any other we have ever published. Please note that BIBR recognizes this important aspect of black publishing, and we certainly intend to continue our coverage of it in the future.
I am writing in reference to the article "Loving Her," whose title was obviously taken from my novel of the same name. My book, Loving Her was published by a mainstream publisher, Bobbs-Merrill, 1974. It was reprinted by Avon Books, 1978; Frauenoffensive Verlag GMbh (German edition), 1982, Naiad Press Naiad Press was one of the first publishing companies dedicated to lesbian literature. History
Naiad was founded by partners Barbara Grier and Donna McBride in January 1973. The company began in Kansas City, Missouri with $2000, lent by friends of Grier and McBride. , 1987; and Northeastern University Northeastern University, at Boston, Mass.; coeducational; founded 1898 as a program within the Boston YMCA, inc. 1916, university status 1922, fully independent of the YMCA 1948. Press, 1997. It has been acclaimed to be the first black novel with a black lesbian protagonist.
My second novel, Say Jesus and Come to Me (Avon Books, 1982; and Naiad Press, 1987) which was also listed, is out of print, but I was pleased to see it mentioned in your publication. I do not label myself as a "lesbian writer." I am an author who writes on lesbian themes, as well as many others.
--Ann Allen Shockley Nashville, Tennessee “Nashville” redirects here. For other uses, see Nashville (disambiguation).
Nashville is the capital and the second most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee, after Memphis.
Editor's Note: The reference to Shockley's novel in the title of Toni Lester's piece on black lesbian literature was entirely intended as a tribute to her work and pioneering. We are happpy to share with BIBR readers the updated information Shockley has provided on the availabibity of her novels.
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