Sex in New York City: Tales of Pleasure and Perversity in the Big Apple
Editor: Ralph Greco, Jr.
Publisher: Sizzler Editions
Deadline: April 1, 2012
Payment: $25, paid on publication; First North American Anthology Rights
We are looking for stories from new and established authors celebrating one of the busiest-and sexiest-cities on earth. Pulsating with a vibrancy unlike any other location how can one think about New York City without thinking of the orgasm-like rise of steam shooting-up through manholes, men and women jostling their bodies oh-so-close in the dirty bowels of subway cars, of the bright lights and the limos whisking couples who knows where for God knows what?
Writers who live in or have been to The Big Apple now get their chance to take a big bite out of it in any way they choose, using the full expanse of this amazing city’s locations, from Times Square, to the The Village, to clear across to one of the vibrant ethnic enclaves of neighboring boroughs like Brooklyn of Queens.
Sex in New York City, like all Sizzler Editions, is open to submissions featuring all sexual and gender orientations. We seek stories with whatever kind of sex seems true to NYC…and you. From tender romances to the hardest kinks: a naughty canoodle in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral to a high-class dom/client meet in an upper east-side apartment; everything is permissible just as long as NYC is the backdrop. And the folks populating your tales should be as vibrant and unique as this city they have come to play in.
Guidelines and submission details at:
Moving Our Embodied Stories
Creative resilience workshops for survivors of sexual abuse
NEXT WORKSHOP SERIES:
TIME: 4 Saturdays, 1-3 PM
April 22 & 30, May 7th & 14th
PLACE: New York City - email for exact location
FEES: $160 for four sessions.
Partial scholarships available.
“As I healed, it dawned on me that sexual energy was a positive and powerful force in my own recovery.”
Healing & Celebrating the Erotic Creating Together
We approach this workshop as a creative space to engage that part of ourselves that seeks movement, in writing, in community, in creative embodied play; that which may be blocked or not or desires full attention.
We live the stories we tell. We will explore our embodied stories we have lived and continue to live, and how we choose to live our stories, our bodies, and our possibilities.
We will explore our innate resiliencies as we open space for memories and experiences characterized by pain, abuse, violence or suffering. We seek energy from the sensual powers and imaginative feats that keep our hearts beating alive each day.
How We Do This
We begin by going through a series of introductions. We talk about how we came to do this work as a survivor, poet, counselor, and educators; then co- create our ground rules and safety nets within the group. Using Narrative Medicine and Relational Thinking, we engage in a series of exercises, including but not limited to meditation, writing, movement and creative play designed to
- create a feeling of safety in our own bodies and among the group
- honor whatever we bring with us in relation to our body memory and desire
- celebrate and explore our erotic imaginations in all their complexities
There will be time to share parts of our writings and explorations but no one will be forced to.
Who We Are
Being and Becoming
SALIHA BAVA, PhD is a couples and family therapist, consultant and a leading thinker in the transformative field of play and performance in trauma therapy and strategic relational thinking. She has over twenty years of experience in human development and in helping people design lives that are meaningful and transformative. She is the Director of Research at the International Trauma Studies Program and has written about relational approaches to trauma and performative practices. She has her PhD from Virginia Tech and is an Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry and Doctoral Advisor at the Taos/Tilburg PhD in Social Sciences. Originally from India, Saliha lives in NYC with her partner and his 5-year-old son.
SAMANTHA BARROW, MS is a poet, performer, activist and writer. She recently completed her masters in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, and is studying at the International Trauma Studies Program in NYC to fortify her work writing with and advocating for survivors of sexual assault. She’s been known to ride her motorcycle around the country, sharing her poems in bars, universities, libraries, cafes and sex shops. She has received multiple grants from the Leeway Foundation to tour and to facilitate Sound/Body/Love/Poem; gently erotic poetry workshops for survivors of sexual abuse.
She is the author of GRIT and tender membrane (Plan B Press). Her poetry, prose, reviews and interviews have been widely published, and she writes a quarterly column “Broadening Gender” for Avalon Magazine. She lives in New York City.
Please email us with any questions. We are also happy to talk on the phone.
Do you have to be a poet or artist?
No. People with all levels of writing and artistic experience - as well as levels of resistance, fear & nervousness - are welcome.
Can you define “survivor of sexual abuse?”
Language around these issues is always tricky and incomplete. The most important thing is for people to find the terms they are most comfortable identifying with. For the purpose of this workshop, anyone that has experienced sexual assault, abuse, violence or trauma on any level, including the broad range of second hand or gender based or cultural violence, is welcome. Our focus is on counteracting its influence. While it is important to recognize that sexual violence has varying degrees of impact on our lives, we are not interested in comparing pain.
Is this workshop for women only?
This workshop is open to people of all genders unless specified otherwise. Almost all of the people who attend are women.