IN THE FLESH EROTIC READING SERIES
March 18, 2010, 8 pm - 10 pm
AT HAPPY ENDING LOUNGE, 302 BROOME STREET, NYC
(B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey or F/V to 2nd Avenue, http://www.happyendinglounge.com)
Between Forsyth & Eldridge. Look for the hot pink awning that says "XIE HE Health Club."
Happy Ending Lounge: 212-334-9676
Get kinky with memoir writers, BDSM educators, erotica authors, a porn star, and more at In The Flesh
. Featuring Melissa Febos
(author of dominatrix memoir Whip Smart
), blogger Selina Fire
(Pleasure Salon), rope bondage expert Monk
(Twistedmonk.com), Julie Powell
(author of Cleaving
and Julie and Julia
), erotica writer Xan West
(contributor, Best SM Erotica 3
), Mollena Williams
(author, "BDSM and Playing with Race" in Best Sex Writing 2010
, BDSM educator Lolita Wolf
(LeatherYenta.com) and feminist porn star Madison Young
(MadisonBound.com). Hosted and curated by Rachel Kramer Bussel
(Best Sex Writing 2010, Bottoms Up, Spanked, Yes, Sir, Yes, Ma’am
). Prize giveaways sponsored by Kink Academy
(shirt, journal, purse, aftercare blanket, memberships and more) and Eden Fantasys
(suede flogger and faux fur bondage cuffs). Authors' books will be available for sale by Mobile Libris
. Free cupcakes by Baked by Melissa
along with chips, candy and other snacks will be served.
In the Flesh
is a monthly reading series hosted at the appropriately named Happy Ending Lounge, and features the country's best erotic writers sharing stories to get you hot and bothered, hosted and curated by acclaimed erotic writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel. The series was named Best Reading Series
by New York Press
in 2009. From erotic poetry to down and dirty smut, these authors get naked on the page and will make you lust after them and their words. Since its debut in October 2005, In the Flesh has featured such authors as Laura Antoniou, Mo Beasley, Susie Bright, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Mike Daisey, Stephen Elliott, Valerie Frankel, Polly Frost, Gael Greene, Andy Horwitz, Debra Hyde, Maxim Jakubowski, Emily Scarlet Kramer of CAKE, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Edith Layton, Logan Levkoff, Suzanne Portnoy, Sofia Quintero, M.J. Rose, Lauren Sanders, Danyel Smith, Grant Stoddard, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, Dana Vachon, Veronica Vera, Susan Wright, Zane and many others. The series has gotten press attention from the New York Times
’s UrbanEye, Escape
(Hong Kong), Flavorpill, The L Magazine, New York
Magazine, New York Post, New York Observer, Philadelphia City Paper, Time Out New York,
Flavorwire, Gawker, Gothamist, Jezebel.com, Nerve.com, Tasting Table and Wonkette, and has been praised by Dr. Ruth.
Rachel Kramer Bussel
is an author, editor, blogger and reading series host. She is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations
and a former sex columnist for The Village Voice.
She’s edited over 30 anthologies, including the kink-themed Spanked, Bottoms Up, Yes, Sir, Yes, Ma'am, He's on Top, She's on Top, Rubber Sex
as well as Peep Show, The Mile High Club: Plane Sex Stories, Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories, Tasting Him, Tasting Her
, and the non-fiction Best Sex Writing
series. Her books won 3 2009 Independent Publisher Awards. Her writing been published in publications such as Clean Sheets, Cosmopolitan,
The Daily Beast, Fresh Yarn, Huffington Post, Mediabistro, Newsday, New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Tango, The Village Voice,
and Time Out New York,
and in over 100 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004
and 2006. Rachel conducts nationwide readings and erotic writing workshops.
She has hosted In The Flesh since October 2005.
photo by Anya Garrett
is the author of the memoir Whip Smart
, (St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books). Her writing has been featured in The Southeast Review, Redivider, The Rambler, Storyscape Journal, Bitch
Magazine, and Smut
Magazine, among others. She co-curates and hosts the Mixer Reading and Music Series at Cake Shop, and teaches at SUNY Purchase College and The Gotham Writers’ Workshop. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. More information about her work and projects can be found at melissafebos.com.
is a native New Yorker whose passion is sex. She blogs about her sexual adventures at selinafire.com
. She co-hosts New York City's Pleasure Salon, a monthly gathering of sex-positive activists. Her 2007 column, "On The Edge," in Penthouse Forum
, was banned in Canada because officials found it too obscene. She is currently working with artist Madame Cindy on a very dirty comic book.
is dubbed “a unicorn” by his friends, because he is so many things that aren’t supposed to exist. Before launching his bondage rope company, this former Eagle Scout and evangelical missionary was a software cowboy, an actor/stuntman, and a filmmaker. Six years ago, Monk’s mother-in-law gave him Midori’s rope bondage book, and a ropemaker was born. Today, in addition to running the world’s largest bondage rope company, Monk enjoys a career as a sex worker, writer, activist, educator, and entertainer.
thrust herself from obscurity (and an uninspiring temp job) to cyber-celebrityhood when, in 2002, she embarked on an ambitious yearlong cooking (and blogging) expedition through all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking
. She detailed the experience in her critically acclaimed 2005 New York Times bestselling memoir, Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in August 2009. Julie has made appearances on national television shows from ABC’s Good Morning America
and CBS’s The Early Show
to The Martha Stewart Show
and Food Network’s Iron Chef America
, and her writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers including Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, the Washington Post
, and more. She is a two-time James Beard Award winner in Journalism, was awarded an honorary degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and was the first ever winner of the Overall Lulu Blooker Prize for Books. Her highly anticipated second book, Cleaving
, published in December, 2009.
is the pseudonym of an NYC BDSM/sex educator. Xan’s story “First Time Since”, won honorable mention for the 2008 National Leather Association’s John Preston Short Fiction Award. Xan appears in Best SM Erotica Volumes 2
, Best Women’s Erotica 2008 and 2009, Hurts So Good, DADDIES, Biker Boys
, and Leathermen
Mollena (Mo) Williams
, “Delicate, Trembling Flower of Submission”© is a NYC born and raised writer, actress, BDSM Educator and Executive Pervert. She is extremely honored, humbled and proud to serve as Ms. San Francisco Leather 2009. Active in BDSM since 1996, she speaks at Leather events across the US on many kinkcentric topics. A founding member of Crowded Fire Theater Company, she blogs on http://mollena.com
. Mo is also author of the upcoming Toybag Gude: Taboo Play
and of the essay "BDSM and Playing with Race" which appears in Best Sex Writing 2010.
is a native New Yorker, who discovered the BDSM scene back in the late 80's when “online” meant being on the phone sex lines. She is an activist who defends the sexual freedom for all consenting adults, spreads the word about BDSM, sex and poly, and helps the community grow and flourish. However, her primary goal is "to have fun." Her writing has appeared in On Our Backs
magazines and The Lust Chronicles
anthology and she has authored two books: Spanking
and CBT in a Nutshell
. Recently, she was featured in the New York Times
' One in 8 Million series: http://vb.ly/255f
, Her website can be found at http://www.leatheryenta.com/
is an international award-winning porn star, director, gallerist, and published author. She has been directing BDSM and erotic films since 2005 and has won great acclaim for her video line, Madison Young Productions, which has been awarded the 2008 Feminist Porn Award and at the 2009 Feminist Porn Awards was awarded Indie Porn Pioneer of the Year and Best Kink Film for her 2008 release Perversions of Lesbian Lust. In 2009 she was also awarded Best BDSM Movie by AEBN for Perversions of Lesbian Lust and nominated for Best BDSM Release by AVN. She has recently finished her book of memoirs, Breathe: The Sexual Evolution of Madison Young
, based on her experiences in the adult industry, due out in spring of 2011. When she isn't documenting hot sex on film she is running her own non profit community art gallery in San Francisco, Femina Potens Art Gallery, which focuses on the expression of Art, Sex and Gender.
You will hear from the following books, which Mobile Libris
will have for sale:
Behind the Bedroom Door
(featuring Julie Powell's essay "Lost in Space")
Best Sex Writing 2010
Two sex toy prizes will be given away courtesy of EdenFantasys
, a suede flogger and bondage cuffs:
Crave wrist restraints
Prizes will be given away courtesy of Kink Academy
, listed below.
1) A Kink Academy shirt, journal, scene starters deluxe set & one year membership to www.kinkacademy.com
2) Bible purse and 1 year membership to Kink Academy.
3) Aftercare blanket & 1 year membership to Kink Academy.