Fine Art Sex David Steinberg / Poet Lenore Kandel

Several years ago I heard David Steinberg give a lecture on his unusual photos. I purchased several of his books, they are intriguing in terms of subject matter, plus he is a fine photographer. He makes no claims concerning erotica or pornography, they are labeled fine art sex. He’s also a journalist and writes an interesting blog.

In today’s blog he offers a sacred sex poem from an poetess who recently died.

San Francisco poet Lenore Kandel, perhaps the most lucid voice ever when it comes to sacred sexuality, puts it like this:

“I am naked against you and I put my mouth on you slowly… I have longing to kiss you and my tongue makes worship on you you are beautiful… your face above me is the face of all the gods and beautiful demons your eyes… love touches love the temple and the god are one”

CONTEST – writing erotic words for Mainstream Erotica

An attendee sent me this information, seems legitimate. If you decide to enter the contest, please don’t forget to mention where you heard about it.

What a great way to get exposure for your work.

Erotica Writers Contest at The competition is rolling until- November 2010

Erotica Writer’s Contest: Writers of Erotic Stories, Erotic Fiction, Short Fiction Stories and Erotic Literature

Mainstream Erotica is looking for additional excellent erotica writers, and we’re putting on a contest to achieve this objective!  Writers will be able to submit their work to us NOW for posting.  Starting on November 1st, 2009 M E has been posting the best ten stories submitted each month and they remain on the site for one month as our readers rank them. We think this process will help us identify more and better writers of erotic stories but also help us discover more about the type of erotica our readers like, thus a win/win for us all.

Submissions must be a minimum of 1000 words, with no maximum; and the ten best monthly stories posted to our site will be compensated a flat rate of $30.  In addition, each monthly winner, of those 10 stories, will be hired by M E as a freelance writer to write erotic stories and/or fiction for our publication. One writer from each quarter will become a quarter-finalist. This person’s work will be juried by our M E staff and decided upon based upon merit and writing skill. That person becomes a quarter-finalist and at the end of the year each of the four quarter-finalists will go head-to-head and submit new work to be judged for a final first place prize, which will include $1000.00 in cash and prizes, as well as the title of Mainstream Erotica’s Erotic Stories Writer of the Year!

Please post your submissions to Please label all submission with the following “EROTIC FICTION WRITERS CONTEST/ DATE”. All work must be new and unpublished on any other online or print publication.  Each monthly erotic stories winner will be asked to submit a new piece to M E for us to publish (writer will be compensated for these pieces) At which time we will have you sign a contract stating all of our terms and conditions.  Please only send one entry per person, per month.  We appreciate all your hard work, and let the games begin!


Interesting article in the BBC World News American Magazine on an award given to bad sex in fiction. Among the past nominees are Philip Roth, Salmon Rushdie, John Updike, Ian McEwan.

December Press Release – Feature: Erotic Tantra-Poetics

Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon. Featuring- Debrah Morkun, a Philadelphia-based poet whose work travels through the realms of love, confusion, illusion, hyper-meta-cognition and metaphor.  She will read her most brazenly erotic pieces while Asttarte Deva, sacred healer, will engage in tantric breathing & chanting. The forces of poetry and tantra will combine to create a unique evening of tantra-poetics -Along with New Salon Erotic Readings.

Tuesday, December 15.

Monday November 30, 2009


Contact: Susana Mayer, Salonnière


PHILADELPHIA: The Erotic Literary Salon, unique in the English-speaking world has launched a growing movement that is mainstreaming erotic literature—bringing its appreciation and enjoyment to adults in a comfortable and friendly environment.

The next Salon will be held Tuesday, December 15. Part of the evening will feature Debrah Morkun, a founding member of The New Philadelphia Poets.  Debrah received a Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University in 2004, upon receiving this degree, she gipsyed around the country.  Her work has recently been published in various small press journals, and her first full-length book, Projection Machine, is forthcoming in January 2010 from BlazeVox Books.  You can find some of her work at

Asttarte Deva is certified in many forms of healing modalities. Her private Tantra Yoga practice along with her other healing work can be found at

The Erotic Literary Salon is the latest flowering of a centuries-old source of literary innovation. Web research performed for the Salon indicates that it is unique in the English-speaking world as a forum where men and women gather to read their own and other’s literary erotica, along with spoken word presentations and join in commentary and discussion. Numerous literary and event blogs, newspapers and magazines now report on the Salon, raising the profile of erotic literature.

Monthly salons gather the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the charming entertainment venue of TIME (The Bohemian Absinthe Lounge) 1315 Sansom Street, Center City, Philadelphia. The Erotic Literary Salon allows men and women a ‘safe space’ to share erotica. Past recitations, along with new works, contemporary and classic erotica are posted daily on

Salons attract a supportive audience of 40 and more individuals, while approximately a dozen attendees participate actively. Salon erotic readings and spoken word have included short fiction excerpts from novels — some never before presented in public, poetry, and love letters/emails.  There are also works in progress, and authors who encourage audience feedback to help refine their writing. Frances, our resident nonagenarian (92 years young) often recites her original erotica.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. (limited seating), for cocktails, food and conversation. The event begins promptly at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $10, discounted for F/T students and seniors (65+) – $8. Salon attendees ages 21+ are invited to recite original erotica, words of others, an extemporaneous narrative or poetic work; share distinctive authors, books, and websites; and join in friendly discussions — all pertaining to this most intimate and human of literary genres.

Salonnière Susana Mayer, Ph.D. is Philadelphia’s best-known sexologist and a specialist in challenges of the libido. She champions an Ageless Sex Lifeä, educating her clients on typical lifespan sexuality changes. She lends her voice to the Salon by offering relevant studies, theories and facts to support some of the discussions that arise in the Salon.

Susana created The Erotic Literary Salon for writers, readers, and storytellers to explore the many aspects of erotica in a community forum. Salon attendees often discuss related topics such as: best Web sources for writing and reading erotica, where to locate English-language books on erotica and the intellectual, emotional and interpersonal benefits of reading and writing erotica. Her daily blog discusses all things erotica and publishes many works by international and national authors.

The following responses were taken from an anonymous questionnaire given to Salon attendees. They were asked what they liked most about the event:

Safe space for all sorts of different types (of erotica)

Freedom of expression

Warmth of the audience

The humor – The acceptance

Comfort of atmosphere