Editor Jon Pressick and Cleis Press recently published the collection Best Sex Writing of the Year, which Library Journal said “highlights not only the diversity of sexual issues prevalent in the public discourse but likewise the importance of all things sexual to human culture.” Tune in to this show to hear how the editor put together the collection and hear excerpts read aloud by writers Mollena Williams, Amy Dentata, and Ashley Manta.
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Jon Pressick is the sex community’s gadabout. He is the editor of Cleis Press’ Best Sex Writing of the Year, co-host and producer of Toronto radio institution Sex City and the blogger behind Sex in Words. He is also a freelance editor and writer and co-columnist of “Sex Stories We Love” on Kinkly.
Owned by “Herr Meister,” (her beloved Maestro, an internationally acclaimed composer) Mollena Williams currently serves as Muse and slave in his heart and home. For her part, she’s an award-winning, critically acclaimed writer, actress, BDSM Educator, and storyteller. She is author of The Toybag Guide: Taboo Play and co-author of Playing Well With Others: Your Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities. Her perspectives on BDSM are frequently sought after by news sources such as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, Essence, and Ebony, and is a frequent guest expert on Dan Savage’s Savage Lovecast.
Her essays appear in Tristan Taormino’s The Ultimate Guide to Kinky Sex and a bunch of the Best Sex Writing books. She’s a featured educator with KinkAcademy.com. Her award-winning experimental short BDSM film “IMPACT” debuted at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and has screened in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia in Cinekink 2013, as well as indie film festivals across North America, Europe and Australia.
She is International Ms. Leather 2010 and Ms. SF Leather 2009, was honored with the 2012 Jack McGeorge Award for Excellence in Education in BDSM, and is thrilled to have won the National Leather Association’s 2011 and 2012 Cynthia Slater Non-Fiction Article Award and shared the 2013 Geoff Mains Non-Fiction book award for Playing Well with Others.
Amy Dentata is a writer, game designer, artist, and performer who touches on topics including trauma recovery, mental illness, sexuality, futurism, and transgender issues. She started performing music at open mics in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to the Bay to pursue a career as a game artist. While attending school in San Francisco, she simultaneously discovered the SF Queer Open Mic and a love for spoken word. She now creates using every medium at her disposal.
Ashley Manta is a queer feminist sexuality educator, writer, and coach. She published her first e-book, “A Feminist’s Guide to Phone Sex,” in March 2014 and her non-fiction essay, “Growing Through the Yuck of Having Herpes” was featured in the Best Sex Writing of 2015 anthology. She speaks candidly about living with herpes and has done extensive work to promote acceptance and break the stigma surrounding STIs. She is the co-host of Carnalcopia, a sex and relationship podcast. Her latest project is CannaSexual, which seeks to analyze the relationship between sex and cannabis and document its benefits through reviews and interviews with cannabis users.