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


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