April Sinclair was born and grew up in Chicago during the times of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. As a young black woman during and after these times, she began to take advantage of her experiences along with her artistic talents to become an active member in her community. She has worked for over 15 years in community service programs, has directed a countywide hunger coalition, and has taught reading and writing to inner-city children and youth.
Skyy is a 30-year-old writer from Memphis, TN. Her first novel, Choices, was released in 2007, and quickly gained popularity both within the gay and lesbian community and the urban fiction community. The highly anticipated sequel, Consequences, was released in 2009 with high praise, and rocketed to the top-10 best-seller lists on Amazon.com as well as at independent bookstores across the country.
Touted as the next E. Lynn Harris, Skyy blurs the lines between lesbian and straight communities in her fiction by speaking with intimate familiarity about the striking commonalities of loving and living as African American women in urban America. The books resonate with truismsamong women of all ages and gender identities.
Right now Skyy is working hard to bring her books to the screen.
In Skyy’s spare time. she enjoys traveling and spending time at home. When she is not on the road with her books, she is a club promoter.
A North Carolina native, Krystal A. Smith (i.e. K.A. Smith) is a Black lesbian writer of poetry and speculative fiction. Her poems have appeared in Tulips Touching (2011) and recent short stories have appeared in Ladylit Publishing’s Summer Love: Stories of Lesbian Holiday Romance (2015) and Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Fiction (2016). Her debut collection Two Moons: Stories was released from BLF Press (2018)
Krystal holds an M.A. in English from Western Carolina University, and a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University.
Rivers Solomon is a dyke, an anarchist, a she-beast, an exile, a wound, a shiv, a wreck, and a refugee of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. They write about life in the margins, where they are much at home.
In addition to appearing on the Stonewall Honor List and winning a Firecracker Award, Solomon’s debut novel AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS (Akashic Books) was a finalist for a Lambda, a Hurston/Wright, a Tiptree, and a Locus Award, and was included in numerous best-of-the-year lists, including in NPR, Publishers Weekly, and The Guardian (UK). Their short work appears in or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, the New York Times, Guernica, Best American Short Stories, Tor.com, and elsewhere, and their second book, THE DEEP, is forthcoming November 2019 from Saga (Simon & Schuster).
They grew up between California, Indiana, Texas, and New York but currently reside in the United Kingdom.
Kendra Spencer also known affectionately as Prince was born September 12, 1989 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her childhood consisted of vast amounts of hours spent on reading and carrying duffel bags full of books to and from the public library. Stepping into her teenage years she began to notice the books she was reading while very creative did not depict the environment around thus a writer was born. The nickname Prince came about from classmates due to Zane being very popular around the time and dubbed the Queen of erotica with Zane’s steamy stories was skyrocketing through their classmates and Kendra Spencer at the tender age of fourteen also writing vivid sex scenes Prince came forth. While the nickname is derived from a young adults standpoint Kendra Spencer still strives to be known one day as a major heavy hitter in the erotic fiction genre. When Prince is not reading or writing you can find her working with individuals that have developmental disabilities or engaged in a semi-professional women’s football game where she is a proud athlete #33 of the Cincinnati Sizzle.
Anna Stone is a bestselling lesbian romance author. A lifelong reader, she grew up dreaming of becoming a writer, but promptly forgot about the idea when she reached adulthood. In 2018, Anna took the plunge and wrote her bestselling debut novel, Being Hers. The support of her readers led Anna to pursue a full-time writing career. Now she spends her days writing sizzling romance novels about strong, complex, passionate women who love women.
Anna is in her 30s and lives on the sunny east coast of Australia. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found with a coffee in one hand and a book in the other.
Tasha Suri is an award-winning author, occasional librarian and cat owner. She has won the Best Newcomer (Sydney J. Bounds) Award from the British Fantasy Society and has been nominated for the Astounding Award and Locus Award for Best First Novel. When she isn’t writing, Tasha likes to cry over TV shows, buy too many notebooks, and indulge her geeky passion for reading about South Asian history. She lives with her family in a mildly haunted house in London.