May 18, 2020
In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, I chat
with Laura Zam about her new best-selling book, The Pleasure
Plan. Hear Laura's journey to better understand her body, how
to create your own pleasure hour, and the truth behind a sex brunch
(it's now what you think).
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Guest: Laura Zam
Laura Zam is the author of The Pleasure Plan: One Woman’s
Search for Sexual Healing (HCI Books / Simon & Schuster).
She’s also a speaker, playwright, Certified Trauma Professional,
Sexuality Educator, and women’s health advocate whose work focuses
on reclaiming sexual health.
Aside from her book, Laura’s writing appears in The New
York Times, Salon, HuffPost, Sheknows, NextTribe and other
publications, as well as in seven book anthologies. In 2013, her
one-person play about healing in the aftermath of childhood sexual
abuse, Married Sex, was presented at the New York International
Fringe Festival and Off-Broadway. Other one-person plays, keynotes,
and speeches have been presented at The Kennedy Center, the U.S
Holocaust Memorial Museum, The National Theatre, Columbia
University, American Psychological Association, Verizon, and many
other venues in the U.S. and abroad.
Media outlets that have covered Zam's work include NPR, The
Washington Post, PBS, ABC-TV, The HuffPost, The Guardian UK, and
others. As an educator, Laura has been conducting storytelling
workshops with trauma survivors for the past twenty years, working
with post-war teens from Bosnia, young adults from the Middle East,
wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and victims
of sexual violation.
Workshop venues include the Omega Center, Walter Reed Army
Hospital, and the DC Rape Crisis Center. Grants include a
Playwriting Fellowship from Brown University, Amiri Baraka Literary
Prize, an Open Society Fund grant (Soros Foundation), a Tennessee
Williams Fellowship, and five Artist Fellowships from DC Commission
on the Arts and Humanities. Laura has taught at Brown University,
UC Berkeley, George Mason, and other colleges. She holds an M.F.A.
in Creative Writing from Brown University, where she studied with
Pulitzer Prize winners Paula Vogel and Nilo Cruz.
She's a member of the National Speakers Association, Actor’s
Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and the American Association of
Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Laura currently
offers workshops, talks, and online courses related to sexual
wellness. Visit her at LauraZam.com
Mentioned in the Podcast
First podcast with Laura from 2009:
Musings on Leaving Your Day Job
Blog post on
Mental Health during Quarantine
Us speaking at The Wing last December on Women's
Health at Midlife
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