shiv kotecha



The Switch (Wonder, 2018)
Extrigue (Make Now, 2015)


The Unlovable (2016)
The Taiwan Blue (2015)
The Iron Horse (2014)
Outfits (2012)
Paint the Rock (2011)

selected fiction

“Discarnate Nude”

selected short-form

“Operations of Pleasure: The World of Nayland Blake,” frieze


“Monica Majoli Paints the Hunks of Gay Liberation’s Halcyon Days,” frieze

“’It’s Time You Became a Refugee!’: The Films of Ritwik Ghatak,” frieze
“Painting the ‘Quiet Freedoms’ of New York’s Queer Island,” frieze
“Harry Dodge Reminds Us That We’re Not Alone,” frieze
“Tony Conrad Thought of Everything,” frieze
Painter Cy Gavin’s Transhistorical Reckoning,” frieze
“How David Robilliard Merged Poetry and Painting,” frieze

“On Michael Muhammad Knight’s Muhammad: 40 Introductions,” frieze
“B. Wurtz’s Art of Domesticity,” frieze


“A Room of Once Owned,” frieze
Huma Bhabha's Extraterrestrials Land In New York,“ frieze
“Who Has The Power: A Conversation with Aruna D’Souza,” Art in America
“Danh Vo, Take my breath away,” frieze

past talks/readings

press << reading series 

photo credit: Jameson Fitzpatrick

Shiv Kotecha is the author of The Switch (Wonder, 2018) and EXTRIGUE (Make Now, 2015). He is the New York contributing editor at frieze magazine. Writing can be found in friezeArt in America, The Brooklyn Rail, The Los Angeles Review of Books and in other publications. He is also a PhD candidate in NYU’s Department of English.


The Switch (2018)

Purchase @ Wonder or  SPD

Shiv Kotecha does for the word fucking what Catullus did for the word kissing.  In The Switch, desire travels everywhere to its surprisingly specific destinations—to body parts aroused in their fashion, like a saint’s skull or a cock.  Here love is as artificial as a courtly dialogue, and deeply felt, even spiritual.  Here the arousal of the fragmented body is contemporary practice.  Is one allowed to write such a book?  Among the spectacular effects and turns and startling intimacies in The Switch, the most daring is its no-holds-barred pursuit of love.

Shiv Kotecha’s deeply weird and affecting book The Switch works with prosaic measure and measured prose to compress the mess of everyday sexual feeling, the mess of everyday relating (both on and off the planet of the genital) into these often perfect lines

“Poetry is never lost in a politics of refusal, and even in the most flirtatious behavioral studies of human and nonhuman desire for connection ... Kotecha’s ballast is clearly his feeling for the radiance of form-switching itself”

The Switch is part of an expanding genre: ‘leaving academia lit.’”

“it consists of an easy-to-read novel.“
―CLARA LOU, Book and Film Globe

Corina Copp, Editors Pick at BOMB
Charlie Markbreiter at The Believer
Rachel Vallen’s Winter Poetry Select at TANK
Clara Luo at Book and Film Globe
Katherine Beaman at Common Place Review