In The Flesh alum Diana Cage
is "reading about ex boyfriends who liked to wear my knickers" and Xan West
is reading from "Nervous Boy:"'Come on, boy. You can take it. I know you're strong enough.'
I drive my bootheel into the bruises on his thigh. I ram my elbow into the bruises on his pecs. He grunts, clenching his jaw. He's not sure he can do it, but he'll never admit it.
'Yes, Sir, I can take it,' he spits out, glaring at me, promising himself as much as me.
I build him up with punches and kicks. Show him I can see his strength by how hard I pound into him. My face is full of ferocity and pride and I pour all that into him, until it streams out in tears running down his face."
It's raining, but there will still be 100 FREE cupcakes from Baked by Melissa!
(photo by Stacie Joy)
All of the above sex toys, courtesy of Good Vibrations,
will be given away, along with queer erotica from Cleis Press
and e-book gift cards from Ravenous Romance.IN THE FLESH EROTIC READING SERIES
3rd ANNUAL GLBT EROTICA NIGHT
June 18th at 8 PM (doors at 7; we recommend arriving by 7:30 for a seat)
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
http://inthefleshreadingseries.blogspot.comIn The Flesh
celebrates Pride with our 3rd annual GLBT Erotica Night!
editor Diana Cage,
comedian Kelli Dunham,
and erotica writers Madlyn March, Kimberly “Q”, Rob Stephenson,
and Xan West.
Hosted and curated by Rachel Kramer Bussel
(Glamour Girls, First-Timers, The Mile High Club
). Free candy and cupcakes by Baked by Melissa
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. 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, 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 Observer, Philadelphia City Paper, Time Out New York,
Gothamist, Nerve.com 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 numerous anthologies, two of which (Up All Night
and Glamour Girls
) have been Lambda Literary Award finalists, most recently The Mile High Club: Plane Sex Stories, Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories, Best Sex Writing 2009, Tasting Him, Tasting Her
, and Spanked.
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
She has hosted In The Flesh since October 2005.www.rachelkramerbussel.comDiana Cage
is the author of three hilarious books on sex and dating: Girl Meets Girl: A Dating Survival Guide, Box Lunch: The Layperson’s Guide to Cunnilingus,
and Threeways: Fulfill Your Ultimate Fantasy.
She is the former host of The Diana Cage Show
on Sirius XM and still pops up on the radio a couple of times a month to give advice on sex and love to lonelyhearts everywhere. Her writing has appeared in countless journals, anthologies and magazines and she currently writes on sex and politics for Shewired and Velvetpark. She is featured in the Here! Television series Lesbian Sex and Sexuality, and is now trying to figure out what's left to write about.www.dianacage.comKelli Dunham
is a genderqueer Fresh Fruit award-winning comic, ex-nun and a Wisconsin farmgrrl gone very bad. She has two comedy CDs to her credit: I am NOT a 12 Year Old Boy and Almost Pretty and is the co-producer of Gayety, Brooklyn's experimental queer comedy cabaret. She is on the organizing board of the Butch Voices
(www.butchvoices.com) and is the author of four published books of light hearted nonfiction and a frequent contributor to humorous anthologies. She is currently touring Pudding Day, an irreverent one boi show about her partner's struggle with cancer. In June she is launching the first of episode of Queerhouse Rock, an animated parody of the 1970 kids' cartoon series Schoolhouse Rock. She has performed at the Risque strip club in Philadelphia, at numerous churches, Lacrosse Wisconsin Pride, and a livestock auction. She once taught a nun to masturbate. With great success.www.kellidunham.comMadlyn March
is the pseudonym of a writer whose work has appeared in the anthology First-Timers,
Black Table, AfterEllen, AfterElton, Complete Woman, The New York Post, Time Out New York,
and others. Toni is based on a bully who once tortured her, but the sexual part is all wishful thinking.Kimberly "Q"
(aka The Lesbian Goddess) is the writer, creator and author of Orchids: African American Lesbian Erotica One Night Stands, Orchids II: Reality or Fantasy
and her just released Lesbian Funk A Journey Into The Oblivion.
She formed her company Women of Choice to signify the choices of life that we as women dare to explore with a mission to go beyond the realm of women's comfort zones and normalcy by providing them with exotic adventures, unexplained pleasures, new and exciting ideas and inexplicable desires. Her books are episodes presented to entice, entertain and broaden the thoughts, actions and creativity of the lesbian sexual experience. www.womenofchoice.comRob Stephenso
n's novel Passes Through
will be published by Fiction Collective 2 in Spring of 2010. His novella U
will be published later that year by Rebel Satori Press : Queer Mojo. Rob and Mikael Karlsson have made a CD called dog,
now available from Please MusicWorks. They are currently working on new music that will be part of the Terry Riley Remixed CD released later this year by Innova Recordings.Xan West
is the pseudonym of an NYC BDSM and sex educator and writer. Xan's work can be found in Best SM Erotica 2, Got A Minute?, Love at First Sting, Best Women's Erotica 2008
and 2009, Men on the Edge, Leathermen, Backdraft: Firemen Erotica, DADDIES, Frenzy, Best Gay Erotica 2009,
and the upcoming Cruising for Bad Boys, Pleasure Bound,
Xan's story, "First Time Since", printed in Hurts So Good,
won honorable mention for the 2008 National Leather Association's John Preston Short Fiction Award. Xan wants to hear from you, and can be found at xanwest.livejournal.com/
or emailed at xan_west at yahoo.com.
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