Monday, March 20, 2006

April, May and June lineups

I'm happy to report that In The Flesh will also be going on all summer and into the fall. Here are the latest lineups, and I'll have July's and August's up when they're booked.

April 19, 2006, 8pm

In The Flesh Reading Series, Happy Ending Bar

Sexy nonfiction on the theme of "True Confessions" from local erotic authors, sex columnists, and personalities including comedian Dan Allen, Jessica Cutler (The Washingtonienne), Miriam Datskovsky (Columbia Spectator sex columnist), Josh Kilmer-Purcell (former drag queen, author, I Am Not Myself These Days), Judy McGuire (Dategirl columnist for Seattle Weekly), Audacia Ray ( and memoirist Felicia Sullivan. Free refreshments will be served.

302 Broome Street, NYC

Directions: B/D to Grand, F to Delancey, J/M/Z to Bowery


May 17, 2006, 8pm

In The Flesh Reading Series, Happy Ending Bar

Featuring Sofia Quintero (Divas Don't Yield, Friday Night Chicas, Black Artemis novels), Emily Scarlet Kramer of CAKE and co-author of A Piece of Cake: Recipes for Female Sexual Pleasure, Leora Skolkin-Smith, author of Edges: O Israel, O Palestine), Polly Frost (Tawny Roberts Private Access, "Sex Scenes") and Ron Bass ("The Varities of Orgasmic Experience"). Free refreshments will be served.
302 Broome Street, NYC

Directions: B/D to Grand, F to Delancey, J/M/Z to Bowery


June 21, 2006, 8pm

In The Flesh Reading Series, Happy Ending Bar

GLBT Night with Cheryl B. (Best Lesbian Erotica, Coming Out of the Closet Again), Gena Hymowech (First-Timers: True Stories of Lesbian Awakening), Trebor Healey (Through It Came Bright Colors, Sweet Son of Pan), Sam J. Miller (Velvet Mafia, Best Gay Erotica 2006), Scott Pomfret (Romentics, Hot Sauce, Hot Gay Erotica, Honcho, Playguy), and Jane Vincent (Educated Slut blog, Everything You Know About Sex Is Wrong, First-Timers: True Stories of Lesbian Awakening). Free refreshments will be served.
302 Broome Street, NYC

Directions: B/D to Grand, F to Delancey, J/M/Z to Bowery


And July 19th's lineup is in progress, so far, I have Zaedryn Meade booked.

In The Flesh in the press

In The Flesh has been getting some good buzz lately - major thanks to The L Magazine for plugging it under "Lust" in their Decadence issue and New York magazine in this week's roundup of barroom readings. To clarify - Amanda Stern's Happy Ending Reading Series is different from In The Flesh. Hers is every 2nd and 4th Wednesday and literary/musical, mine is the 3rd Wednessday of the month and erotic. Both are at Happy Ending Lounge.

Next up is True Sex Confessions Night on April 19th with me, Dan Allen, Jessica Cutler, Miriam Datskovsky, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Judy McGuire, Audacia Ray and Felicia Sullivan. It's at 8 pm and is free and there'll be free candy and book giveaways. If you want a handy postcard to remind you about the next few dates, just email me at rachelkb at with your mailing address or Ill have them on me when I'm out and about.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Eros Zine hearts In The Flesh

Rachel Kramer Bussel describes herself as a "people person," and nothing could be a better description -- there's no one more perfectly adapted for showcasing the fount of creativity that is today's world of literary erotica. Each month, Bussel has been hosting the In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series at Manhattan's Happy Endings Lounge, and by all accounts the series just keeps getting better and better.

In March, Bussel will really be outdoing herself -- In the Flesh features a group of writers who will knock your socks off. Literally. You think I'm joking -- but I know many people who've been inspired to remove at least one item of clothing during a reading by any one of these kickass writers.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Updated March 15th In The Flesh lineup

I've added another kinky erotic writer to the lineup: Susan Wright! And don't forget: April 19th is True Sex Confessions Night.

(B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey,
Admission: Free
Happy Ending Lounge: 212-334-9676

In March, In The Flesh features several of today’s most prominent erotic writers. Laura Antoniou is beloved by the BDSM community for her ongoing Marketplace series, as well as her diverse erotic fiction and kink-oriented lectures. Debra Hyde runs the blog Pursed Lips ( and has contributed to numerous anthologies, including Leather, Lace and Lust and Best Lesbian Erotica 2006. Maxim Jakubowski, who’s edited 13 volumes of The Mammoth Book of Erotica series and written numerous erotic novels, makes a rare appearance from his home in London. Susan Wright has written the kinky Slave Trade trilogy and is the Spokesperson for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. Host Rachel Kramer Bussel will read her story, “Taking It All,” from the new anthology Aqua Erotica 2 ( Over a dozen books, including copies of Aqua Erotica 2, The Mammoth Book of Erotica, Amazons, Vanilla Slim, The Mammoth Book of Illustrated Erotic Women, and The Catalyst and Other Works will be given away throughout the evening.

In the Flesh is a monthly reading series hosted at the appropriately named Happy Ending Lounge, and features the city's best erotic writers sharing stories to get you hot and bothered, hosted and curated by Village Voice sex columnist and 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. Future themed nights include true confessions, GLBT stories and erotic memoirs.

Reader Bios:

Laura Antoniou has been writing erotica for over 20 years. In addition to the Marketplace series (The Marketplace, The Slave, The Trainer, The Academy, and The Reunion), she has also authored The Catalyst and Other Tales and edited three Leatherwomen anthologies. Antoniou has also contributed to numerous collections, including Writing Below the Belt: Conversations with Erotic Authors and The Burning Pen: Sex Writers on Sex Writing. Her notorious 1995 essay, “Unsafe at Any Speed, or, Safe, Sane and Consensual, My Fanny,” was first presented at the University of Washington, and she has also been a featured speaker at Columbia University, Rutgers University, the New School, and New York University as well as at s/m and leather conferences.

Rachel Kramer Bussel is a New York City-based author and editor. She is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations and a Contributing Editor and columnist for Penthouse and writes the Lusty Lady column for The Village Voice. Her erotic stories have appeared in over 50 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004, and she’s edited her own collections, including Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z 1 and 2. Rachel has also written for AVN, Bust, Metro, New York Post, Punk Planet, Time Out New York and Velvetpark.

Debra Hyde writes across orientation and tastes when she concocts her many erotic tales. Her work has appeared in a good three dozen anthologies, most recently in Aqua Erotica 2, Best Lesbian Erotica 2006, and Out of Control: Hot, Trashy, Man-on-man Erotica and the extensive nonfiction collection Everything You Know About Sex Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to the Extremes of Human Sexuality (and everything in between). Debra keeps the long-running weblog, Pursed Lips, and produces the newly launched podcast, Pursed Lips, Speaking, where she explores the intersection between sex and culture—and tells the occasional, real-life dirty story.

Maxim Jakubowski is a British writer and editor of the bestselling Mammoth Books of Erotica series, which has now reached 13 volumes. He lives in London and this will be only his 3rd ever reading in the USA. His recent books include Life in the World of Women, Kiss Me Sadly, The State of Montana and Skin In Darkness, which have all been reissued in recent months in America. Appearing soon are his collection of stories Fools for Lust, his round-robin erotic novel American Casanova and, in the fall, his latest novel Confessions of a Romantic Pornographer. He has been called by no less than The Times ‘The King of the Erotic Thriller.’

Susan Wright is the author of many science fiction novels including the Slave Trade trilogy, and she is currently the Spokesperson for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. Her latest novel of erotic fantasy is To Serve and Submit.