Category: personal comments

Maleek DeFreek – Punany Poet Actor – The Sexual Intellectual; Dirty Haiku

Maleek will be our featured presenter next month – April 20.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in being featured presenters at the Salon, please contact me via email. The next opening is August.


Callused fingers glide

raising goose bumps down my spine

slowly open me

A Season of White Alchemy – reminder, Tuesday, March 16 Salon

A long time friend of my family – octogenarian, has had her first piece of fiction published in Newsday, a well respected NY paper. So you wonder why I mention her work on this site.

I hear and read daily how people get stuck in their thoughts and what they do. I like to offer examples of people that don’t. Folks who continue to expand their horizons and grow. People who live in the moment.

The essay has a sensual quality about it, quite lovely.

Miriam Goodman’s essay article can be found in the Expressway section of Newsday, Sat. March 6, 2010 paper, “A Season of White Alchemy.”

Philadelphia Inquirer – Style & Soul Section

If you have not read the article about the Salon in yesterday’s paper please do so. Some comments have been added.

I truly didn’t expect it to read differently based on my interviews and some of the questions I was asked. For someone who is not as comfortable with this genre as the attendees of the Salon are, Lini Kadaba has written a nice piece.

Wish she had mentioned why my chosen mom decided to change from using her pseudonym to exposing her real name. She would have then portrayed a more accurate reason for using it. I know she was strapped for space, wish she hadn’t left that out.

Who cares whether I’m single or independent, there were far more important things to note. Perhaps the public gets off on gossip and writers feed their desires.

I agree with Riccardo Berra, his comments are worth noting.

“On the whole, a good article, but I think the author misses a couple of points. Regarding the use of pseudonyms, it’s not just fear of a spouse, but fear for one’s “straight” career. I write professionally and it’s clear from the “If it all sounds a little too weird” author’s comment that my concern is justified. The author also misses one of the principle virtues of the salon. Gays, straights, bi’s, BDSM’ers, vanilla romantics and dar, edgy writers all have a safe place to share our incredibly diverse modes of desire and attraction. Where else am I, a straight man, able to directly hear and applaud the life and loves of a lesbian poet? I’ve been a feature presenter and a monthly reader too. My 300 page novel is both literary and explicit. It explores committed relationships which are sexually charged. Just like real life. If it seems weird or escapist, maybe it’s because the rest of the month, we live in a culture that is not just a little weird about sex and love. Susana provides a little hypocrisy-free island. She’s looking to change attitudes. Judging from the tone of this article, she has a way to go. Also, although people come as couples and Susana is often accompanied by her 90 year old chosen mother, there are no families here. This is _not_ for kids. Yes, I’ve posted under my pseudonym. Can you blame me?”

Erotic Open Mic – The Erotic Literary Salon

I’m flattered, heard someone trying to create a similar event. The Salon has morphed into an open mic, so successful that signing up early  will definitely reserve you a spot. My original plan was for critiques, discussions and those that want to continue that format should contact me. Perhaps we shall start a smaller group or do that on line.

The Erotic Literary Salon’s name is established, but obviously it has the format of an open mic and strictly entertainment. I guess the mainstreaming of erotica is happening in Phila, and I’m certain there is room for more than one event.