My essay about queer desi kink desire was just named the winner of a National Leather Award at a ceremony this past weekend in Houston. Very exciting since this is the first year I entered, and my blog is just a baby compared to all the other esteemed writers/publishers who won. I so wish that I could have attended and rubbed, um, elbows with all the leather literati! I might be developing a fetish for trophies…
Wanna read the winning piece? It’s here: Kaliyuga Yoni.
Also, check out my two creative contributions to a sleek new online fetish magazine, Safeword. I get to be part of their Religion & Sex special issue—and if that’s not kinky, I don’t know what is.
Here is the official press release about the awards:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR NLA-I WRITING AWARDS
(Columbus, OH) — National Leather Association: International, a leading
organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather community, announced
the winners, for works published in 2010, of its annual awards for
excellence in SM/leather/fetish writing at its Annual General Meeting at
Spring Iniquity in Houston, TX on April 16, 2011. The judges received a
record number of nominations this year, and voting in several categories was
The winner of the John Preston Short Fiction Award is Laura Antoniou for
“That’s Harsh,” a story set in her Marketplace series and included in the
new 2010 edition of The Slave (Circlet). The honorable mention for short
story went to Jeff Mann for “Demon Seed” from Amie M. Evans and Paul J.
Willis (eds.), Saints+Sinners 2010: New Fiction from the Festival (Queer
The winner of the Samois Anthology Award is Tristan Taormino, Sometimes She
Lets Me: Best Butch/Femme Erotica (Cleis), which reprinted a number of great
stories. The honorable mention went to Fast Girls: Erotica for Women
(Cleis), yet another great anthology from Rachel Kramer Bussel.
The winner of the Pauline Reage Novel Award is is Cherise Sinclair for The
Dom¹s Dungeon (Loose Id). The honorable mention went to India Wilson for The
Knot Artist (Lightning Strikes).
The winner of the Cynthia Slater Non-fiction Article Award is M. Svairini,
“Kaliyuga Yoni” from the bottom runs the fuck. The honorable mention went to
Lady Elsa for “Service Topping as a Spiritual Practice,” which appeared in
Lee Harrington’s, Spirit of Desire: Personal Explorations of Sacred Kink
The winner of the Geoff Mains Non-fiction Book Award is Justin Spring for
Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo
Artist, and Sexual Renegade (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), superb biography of
a seminal SM figure. The honorable mention went to Nancy Ava Miller, the
founder of People Exchanging Power, for her book Pervert: Notes from the
Sexual Underground (Xlibris) in which she discusses her life as an SM
educator and community leader.
Nominations for the works published in 2011 will open later this year.