Pat Califia: “Antoniou is an elegant stylist of erotica….”
Michael Rowe (Writing Below the Belt): “Queens-born Laura Antoniou is heiress presumptive to some of the erotic territory staked out by Pat Califia and John Preston… (Her) writing moves with assurance between genders and sexual orientations, relentlessly exploring the dark side of sexuality.”
Laura Antoniou is the author of the well known Marketplace series of erotic novels.Her work has been translated into Spanish, German, Hebrew, Japanese and Korean. Many examples of her short fiction, articles, essays and rants can be found in the collection titled The Catalyst and Other Tales. In 2011, Laura won the prestigious John Preston Short Fiction Award from the National Leather Association, for her short story, “That’s Harsh,” which appears in the e-book edition of The Slave and in 2012, she won the award again for her story, “The Man With The Phoenix Tattoo,” which appears in the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica. In 2013, Laura published her first mystery, The Killer Wore Leather, a murder mystery that takes place at a leather contest.
As a presenter, panelist, and keynote speaker, Laura has appeared at dozens of conferences over more than twenty years, both entertaining and delivering an occasional verbal indictment. She has also appeared at colleges and universities, including Harvard, NYU, Rutgers, Columbia and the University of Washington. She received the NLA: International’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. She is also the recipient of the 2011 “Worst Camper” award at Dark Odyssey:Fusion, and yes, she totally deserved both of these awards.
Laura began her writing career in the 1980′s, and edited the groundbreaking “Leatherwomen” anthologies, as well as several other collections of fiction and non-fiction. In addition, she is the co-author (with her wife, Karen) of a ritually correct Leather Passover Seder, Avadim Chayanu (Once We Were Slaves). You can download the haggadah here.
She is personally featured in Writing Below the Belt: Conversations with Erotic Authors by Michael Rowe and The Burning Pen: Sex Writers on Sex Writing, by M.Christian. Laura was also a columnist for Girlfriends magazine from 1995-1997, the submissions editor for Badboy and Bi-Curious magazines from 1995-96, and a regular contributor to The SandMUtopia Guardian from 1993-2000.
The Marketplace series describes “an elite and secretive world organization,dedicated to the auctioning and overseeing of the world’s finest lifestyle slaves… a world so vivid in sequel after sequel, it takes on a reality of its own, one that’s visually hard to let go of once the reader has put down the book.” (Libido Magazine). Laura plans several more novels in the series and is currently working The Inheritor.
Laura lives in Queens, NY with her wife Karen, and happily serves as boy to Kim Attica. Friends have called her all sorts of names. Current favorites are “Renaissance Perv” by Midori, “Good Boy!” by Kim and of course, “best thing that ever happened to me” by Karen.