#119_webLauren Cherelle uses her time and talents to traverse imaginary and professional worlds. She manages and writes for Resolute Publishing, an independent publisher that helps transform dreams into realities for women. Lauren co-edited Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color (BLF Press, 2017) and co-directs the Black Lesbian Literary Collective. She is the author of the f/f novel, The Dawn of Nia (Resolute Publishing, 2016). She has written short stories for Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction (BLF Press, 2016) and G.R.I.T.S: Girls Raised in the South — An Anthology of Queer Womyn’s Voices & Their Allies (Freeverse Publishing, 2013). Her stories reflect the lives of Southern Black girls and women.

Lauren holds a BFA in graphic design and MBA from the University of Tennessee, and writing certifications from the University of Louisville. She has also completed training in (grant) proposal writing. She has worked in nonprofit development for seven years. In this role, Lauren raises funds for vulnerable populations. On the weekends, she hangs up her fundraising hat to focus on personal writing and family.

Lauren resides in Tennessee with her partner of fourteen years. This year, the couple will lay the foundation for a business incubator that houses a community-based mental health center that serves women and families and LGBTQ clients.

Outside of reading and writing, Lauren loves to visit new cities, binge watch her favorite shows, play in her curly hair, and teach women to explore and adore the power of intimacy.

Join Lauren on Twitter (@laurencre8s, @blacklesfic) and Facebook (@resolutepublishing).