In the Flesh is a monthly reading series held the third Thursday of every month 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 erotic writer/editor Rachel Kramer Bussel (Best Sex Writing series, Do Not Disturb, Spanked, Dirty Girls, etc.). 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. Themed nights have included True Sex Confessions, Revenge of the Sex Columnists, GLBT Night, and Comedy Sex. Readers have included Laura Antoniou, Mo Beasley, Susie Bright, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Stephen Elliott, Martha Garvey, Gael Greene, Andy Horwitz, Debra Hyde, Maxim Jakubowski, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Tsaurah Litzky, Suzanne Portnoy, Sofia Quintero, M.J. Rose, Danyel Smith, Grant Stoddard, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, Veronica Vera, Zane and others. In The Flesh debuted in October 2005. Contact rachelkramerbussel at for bookings, press, or questions. Click here In The Flesh: Los Angeles. “…writer and host Rachel Kramer Bussel welcomes eroticism of all stripes, spots and textures to the Happy Ending lounge on the Lower East Side.,” New York Times UrbanEye newsletter, August 15, 2007 email rachelkramerbussel at for booking or other information or interview requests

Monday, July 17, 2006

In The Flesh is on Wednesday!

There will be free cupcakes from sugar Sweet sunshine (a few dozen so get there early for one!) and book giveaways, and you'll get a free raffle ticket when you come in - at the end of the night, I'll be giving away your choice of Ultimate Undies: Erotic Stories of Underwear and Lingerie, Sexiest Soles: Erotic Stories About Feet and Shoes, or Secret Slaves: Erotic Stories of Bondage. Those books will also all be for sale and I'm available to sign them, as are any contributors, such as reader Zaedryn Meade.

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

Take a break from the heat with sexy words and yummy cupcakes. With Desiree Burch (SMUT Series), Diana Cage (Box Lunch, Bottoms Up, On Our Backs Guide to Lesbian Sex), Zaedryn Meade (Covet, Valence, For the Record), Doreen Orsini (Hunting Diana, Tanner’s Angel), the co-editor of The MILF Anthology, Cecilia Tan (Circlet Press), along with contributors Elspeth Potter (Tough Girls, Best Women’s Erotica) and Stacy Brown, along with host Rachel Kramer Bussel. Free candy and mini cupcakes will be served. Various erotic books, including The MILF Anthology, will be raffled off as door prizes.

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 GLBT stories, porn star night, and erotic memoirs.

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, writes the Lusty Lady column for The Village Voice, and conducts interviews for and Her erotic stories have appeared in over 60 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006, and she’s edited her own collections, including Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z 1 and 2, Up All Night, First-Timers, Glamour Girls, and the forthcoming Ultimate Undies, Sexiest Soles, Secret Slaves, and Caught Looking: Erotic Tales of Voyeurs and Exhibitionists. Rachel has also written for AVN, Bust, Metro, New York Post, Punk Planet, Time Out New York and Velvetpark.

Stacy Brown is an adjunct professor at a major New York college and a contributor to The MILF Anthology.

Desiree Burch is a writer, comedian, actress and New York NeoFuturist, and host of the SMUT Reading and Performance series, Monday nights at Galapagos Artspace. Her solo work has culminated in full-length solo pieces Sit-Down, Careless and Greatest Hits. Her solo work and stand-up comedy have been featured at CenterStage NY, Dixon Place, The Marquee, Manhattan Theatre Source, Mazer Theater, P.S. 122, Carolines on Broadway, the NY Improv, New York Comedy Club, Boston Comedy Club, the Producer's Club, the Comedy Social, Chicks & Giggles, the Mae West Fest in Seattle and the New York International Fringe Festival.

Diana Cage is the author of several how to books on sex, most recently Box Lunch and Threeways: Fulfill your Ultimate Fantasy. She's currently at work on a book called Girl Meets Girl: a Dating Survival Guide, due out next year and a novel called Connections on I5.

Zaedryn Meade is a queer poet working for subversion and joy. She believes in social change through encouraging the sharing of marginalized peoples unique voices and stories. Her work has previously been published in various literary magazines and a few anthologies, and she has two chapbooks, Covet and Valence, and one spoken word CD titled For the Record. Originally born in Juneau, Alaska, she is now living in New York City.

Doreen Orsini loves breaking rules, especially when writing books filled with romance, suspense, and erotic interludes. Highly acclaimed by reviewers and readers, her book No One But Madison takes the reader on an erotic journey, as a strong-willed undercover reporter risks her freedom, heart, and life while investigating abuse in a New York City BDSM club. With Hunting Diana, an erotic paranormal, due out in July, Tanner’s Angel, an erotic contemporary, set for an August release, a monthly column in SUITE e-zine, and four kids, Doreen still finds time to write articles for, in various RWA publications, and on author sites.

Elspeth Potter lives in Philadelphia. Her erotica has appeared in Best Lesbian Erotica 2001-2004, Best Women's Erotica 2002 and 2005, Tough Girls, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, Vol. 5. She is also a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America.

Cecilia Tan is a happy smutmonger based in the Boston area. Susie Bright recently called her "simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature." She has edited dozens of anthologies for Circlet Press, Masquerade Books, Thunder's Mouth Press, and Blue Moon Books. Her own writings regularly appear in Best American Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, and other places.