Marilyn Jaye Lewis is an award-winning writer, editor, songwriter, and multi-media producer. In her private life, she is an ordained minister in non-denominational liberal Christianity.
Author of 5 published novels and some 50+ published short stories, Marilyn is also the head writer for the theatrical production company of the NYC-based African-American transgender actor, Sandra Caldwell. Currently, they are in pre-production for two original musical theater projects: Tell My Bones in New York City (adapted from Marilyn’s award-winning screenplay about the life of Kentucky-based painter Helen LaFrance); and The Guide to Being Fabulous in Toronto, CA.
Her original TV pilot, the racially charged Cleveland’s Burning, is currently in development with Bohemia Group Originals in Los Angeles. Scoring high on the Black List, Cleveland’s Burning was also a Second Rounder at the Austin Film Festival, as well as a semi-finalist in L.A.’s Industry Insider TV Pilot competition.
Notably, her screenplay, Tell My Bones, the life story of Kentucky Outsider Artist, Helen LaFrance, won the Best Voice of Color category in the Cleveland Independent Film Festival.
In addition to Cleveland’s Burning, projects for television that she is developing with Bohemia Group Originals in Los Angeles include an online streaming limited series, Freak Parade, based on her award-winning erotic novel of the same name.
For the first 25 years of her professional literary career, Marilyn was known primarily in the international erotic arts community as not only a writer and editor, but also a publisher, an art curator, and a multi-media producer. Her award-winning erotic short stories and novella collections have been translated into many different languages, including French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian.
As editor, Lewis’s anthologies include Stirring up a Storm: Tales of the Sensual, the Sexual, and the Erotic, (Running Press) — nominated for 3 Pushcart Prizes for Short Fiction and featuring short fiction by Selma Blair, Dorothy Allison, Joyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood, among many others.
She is the author of the critically acclaimed modern erotic fiction classic, Neptune & Surf. Called “a sensational debut” by The Guardian newspaper in London, Neptune & Surf was also selected as one of The Guardian’s Top Ten Summer Reads for 1999. Hailed by the American Book Review as “reminiscent of Sergio Leone’s ‘Once Upon A Time in America’”, Neptune & Surf has remained in print in the United States and Europe for 20 uninterrupted years.
In the late 1990’s, when the Internet was in its infancy, as President of Marilyn’s Room, Inc. Marilyn was Executive Producer on numerous online spoken word recordings for fiction authors and poets, and produced groundbreaking live video and audio webcasts of spoken word performances in conjunction with Broadcast.com and Pseudo.com. As web mistress, her erotic multi-media sites won numerous awards, in particular inclusion in Playboy’s Online Hall of Fame for her groundbreaking erotic fiction website Other-Rooms.com.
She was the founder of the Erotic Authors Association, the first American organization to honor literary excellence in the erotic genre, and was its Executive Director from 2001 – 2006.
Ms. Lewis’ collection of memoirs, Entangled Lives: Memoirs of 7 Top Erotica Writers (Alyson Books), upon publication was a front page feature on SMITHmagazine.net and was nominated for a 2007 Lambda Literary Award.
Her popular erotic romance novels include When Hearts Collide (2003) and When the Night Stood Still (2004) and were distributed exclusively by Barnes & Noble nationwide.
She was co-editor of the international best-selling art book, The Mammoth Book of Erotic Photography (Constable UK). Her erotic short stories and novellas have appeared in numerous anthologies in the United States and Europe and have won many citations and awards, including the New Century Writers Award and finalist in the William Faulkner Writing Competition.
In 1998, as head writer for ROM Antics, Inc. in New York City, her work was highlighted on HBO, won an AVN award for Best Adult CD ROM game of 1998 (DADAhouse), and received critical recognition in Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, and other national media outlets.
In the 1980s, Marilyn Jaye Lewis was a popular New York City-based singer-songwriter. Primarily known in Greenwich Village, two of her earliest compositions, produced on vinyl by Jack Hardy’s Speakeasy Co-Op, are now in the Smithsonian, on Folkways Records.