A Chat with Bisexual Multimedia Artist Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya observes life astutely, comments on it with insightful precision, and then offers his tales in a package that transcends commonly held notions of what a book ought to look like, say, and do. Twice a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, Shraya’s new novel She of the Mountains (Arsenal Pulp Press,shraya- 2014) is this year’s finalist for the award in bisexual fiction. One can hope that third time’s the charm.

It is a contemporary love story juxtaposed with a re-imagining of the Hindu mythology of Shiv, Parvati, and Ganesh. Shraya is a musician, performance artist, and filmmaker as well. His life’s work seems to be about examining inter-connectedness and so do his books, to no one’s surprise. The love story at the center of She of the Mountains is balanced with sharply rendered critiques on binaries, body shame, and marginalization, all the while imagining what Hindu mythology might have to say about these issues. Beautifully illustrated by Raymond Biesinger, it is a fun, funny, refreshing, and powerful novel that leaves us hoping—to paraphrase Shraya himself—that he has still so much more to share, still so much more to say.

Shraya is currently on a west coast tour with authors Amber Dawn and Leah Horlick. Here’s Shraya’s conversation with Bi Magazine.

Read all of Bi Magazine‘s Q & A interview by clicking here.

Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]