Sister La Toya Hankins

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La Toya Hankins is the author of SBF Seeking and K-Rho: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood. She has published multiple short stories with JMS Books, including “Married to the Struggle,” “Heat Wave-Southport,” and “Challah and Calloo.”  Her work has been featured in anthologies “Black From the Future” and “Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Stories,” published by BLF Press.  She has written for two blogs, “Hot Tea and Ice” featured at and “Pate and Caviar” featured on her website, She is a regular book reviewer for the Black Lesbian Literary Collective; a non-profit organization created a nurturing and sustainable environment for Black lesbian and queer women of color writers.

Hankins enjoys reading and writing fiction. Hankins recently celebrated twenty-nine years as a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., an international, historically black Greek-lettered sorority. She currently serves as the chapter parliamentarian and service chair for the sorority’s Chapel Hill graduate chapter.

Hankins considers writer and fellow Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. member Zora Neale Hurston as her role model. She admires her ability to capture the essence of the African American Southern experience and living the motto, “I don’t weep at the world, I’m am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”

Hankins is a native of North Carolina and currently resides in Durham, NC. Hankins earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with a minor in political science from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Hankins works for a division of the Office of the North Carolina State Treasurer.  Before her current employment, she worked seven and a half years in the field of journalism. 

Hankins’s books are sold on and  She is a charter member and Program Director for Theta Chapter of Gamma Xi Phi.