Award Eligibility

Self-promotion is one of those things that will never not be awkward if you've got a hint of humility in your bones. It will also never not be absolutely essential as a writer of color. So here we are. This year has been huge for me and the projects of which I am a part.… Continue reading Award Eligibility

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Pitch Wars Mentor Wishlist

I've spent some days sort of staring at this page, wanting to get it right, filtering in the correct amount of cleverness and professionalism for my first mentor wishlist. The result is a pre-coffee rambling littered with Bob's Burgers gifs. Hello. I'm LeKesha. You can call me L. I'm mentoring in the Adult category and… Continue reading Pitch Wars Mentor Wishlist

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What an amazing week! A RUIN OF SHADOWS was released by Dancing Star Press and the reception has been wonderful. I get excited all over again when someone tweets me a picture of the book when they received it. Being in print is still surreal. Also announced last week, I was awarded the Working-Class Writers… Continue reading A RUIN OF SHADOWS NOW AVAILABLE

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Interview with Dancing Star Press

In preparation for the release of A RUIN OF SHADOWS next Tuesday, my publisher at Dancing Star Press interviewed me about my story, my process, music, and my work at FIYAH Literary Magazine. The below is an excerpt, but you can check out the whole thing here and order the novella at all these fine places… Continue reading Interview with Dancing Star Press


The Importance of Writing Carefree Blackness™

Re-posted from my original 2016 Tumblr for relevance to the reasons I write. -LL Post-NaNoWriMo, I volunteered beta-reading services. It combined my love of reading with my love of asking too many questions. The push for diversity in publishing has created attempts at diversity in writing, and thus requests for diverse beta-readers. Of my eleven beta-reads, eight… Continue reading The Importance of Writing Carefree Blackness™