Celebrate the publication of two new books: Don Shewey‘s THE PARADOX OF PORN: Notes on Gay Male Sexual Culture and Ishmael Houston-Jones‘s FAT AND OTHER STORIES: some writing about sex. The authors will read from their work, answer deeply personal questions, and give away vintage porn.
Ishmael Houston‐Jones is an author, performer, teacher, curator as well as a three-time New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award-winning choreographer. His essays, fiction, interviews, and performance texts have been published in numerous anthologies, including Writers Who Love Too Much (Nightboat Books, 2017); Aroused, A Collection of Erotic Writing (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2001); Best Gay Erotica 2000 (Cleis Press, 2000); Best American Gay Fiction, volume 2 (Little Brown, 1997); and Out of Character: Rants, Raves and Monologues from Today’s Top Performance Artists (Bantam, 1996). His work has also appeared in Performing Arts Journal, Movement Research Journal, Contact Quarterly, Porn Free, and other publications.
Don Shewey is a writer, therapist, and pleasure activist in New York City. As a journalist and critic, he has published three books about theater and written hundreds of articles for the New York Times, the Village Voice, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He has chronicled his psycho-sexual-spiritual adventures in essays that have been included in numerous anthologies, including The Politics of Manhood, Best of the Best Gay Erotica, The Queerest Art: Essays on Gay and Lesbian Theater, and Men Like Us: the GMHC Guide to Gay Men’s Sexual, Physical, and Emotional Well-Being. An archive of his writing is available online at donshewey.com. His psychotherapy practice specializes in sex and intimacy coaching.