Our evening of erotica at Sunita Bar in the Lower East Side was a success! The room was packed, drinks were flowing, temperatures were high, and our performers had everyone in a tizzy. Below are photos from the event, as well as selected works from the reading for you to savor in the intimacy of your own home. Just click on the titles to read!
Shall We Sing About The Starman, Ziggy?
by Anisha Sridhar
A flash fiction ode to oral sex.
Anisha Sridhar is a women’s rights advocate and a natural storyteller. She writes comics, short stories, interactive narratives, and games. She highly recommends that you all play Papo & Yo ASAP!
Blog: www.anishasridhar.wordpress.com; Twitter: @21centuryfoxcub
Heavy Moans, Achy Joints
by Shahana Hanif
Shahana struggles with and challenges the rigidity of normative femininity and sexuality, where “disability” means you can’t love, be intimate or sexual, or have desires.
Shahana Hanif is a Brooklyn-born Bangladeshi Muslim writer, feminist, and activist exploring gender, sex, sexuality, disability, love, and community.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; FB: https://www.facebook.com/muntush
by Krupa Shandilya
Krupa Shandilya is an Assistant Professor of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College. The short story “Laila” is an excerpt from her first novel Junoon.
Bollywood and the Beast (an excerpt)
by Suleikha Snyder
Bollywood and the Beast is a February 2014 romance novella that puts a modern spin on the classic fairy tale. Rocky Varma’s kiss won’t break Taj Ali Khan’s curse . . . but she may just blow his mind!
Suleikha Snyder is the pen name for women’s entertainment writer Mala Bhattacharjee, who has been publishing contemporary romance and erotic romance since 2011.
Website: www.suleikhasnyder.com; Twitter: @suleikhasnyder or @badnecklace
Honeymoon (an excerpt)
by RaSi, read by Sujata Mukhi
RaSi is a writer, editor and writing coach. email@example.com
Sujata Mukhi is visiting from Manila and is the Resource Development Coordinator of St. Michael’s Playhouse, a Rudolph Steiner pre-school, amongst many other skills and talents in film, theater, writing, and overall awesomeness.
Horn OK Please
by Suniya Qureshi
Horn OK Please is about wanton abandonment and allowing yourself to fall for lust in the most unexpected places, leaving your mother’s moral highway code behind.
Much welcomed by West End audiences and inspired by the nuances of the Brit Pak culture and her Pakistani/Lahori roots, Suniya Qureshi has written numerous plays and is currently working on a comedy on mental health called Mumtaz.
Love Letters, Erotic Notes, and Other Necessary Fictions
by Swati Khurana
At three different interludes, you will eavesdrop on a mixture of messages that Swati Khurana has received and transcribed from five years of dating, along with those she has collected from her ongoing Texting Scrolls project—where strangers and friends, including SAWCC members, have shared their intimate text messages.
A Kundiman fellow and MFA student at Hunter College, Swati Khurana has been published in the Asian American Literary Review, Bloom, Columbia Review, Feminist War, Jaggery, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, SAMAR, and The Weeklings. She has exhibited her artwork in New York City, around the US, and internationally.
Website: www.swatikhurana.com; Tumblr: http://swatikhurana.tumblr.com
CUNT (from Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues)
performed by Sunita Mukhi
This excerpt extolls the voluptuous articulation of the much maligned word.
Sunita Mukhi is a proud SAWCC board member and the shameless curator of LUST, as well as a theater, film, and performance artist; writer, cultural manager, and educator. Her upcoming solo show, The Devi Diva Triad, is slated for October 26, 2014 on Theater Row.
Image: Sugar and Milk, digital print by Chitra Ganesh.
Much gratitude to the invaluable support and assistance of Nadia Ahmad, Anjali Goyal, Shruti Parekh and Sunita Lofters.
This program was funded by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.