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

Friday, August 04, 2006

August 16th's awesome lineup

A little reminder for your of the ones I'm the most proud of because my dear friend who I rarely get to see, Shari Goldhagen, is reading from her excellent first novel Family and Other Accidents and Lily Burana is doing her first public reading of a sex scene! How historic.

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

Join an eclectic mix of New York's finest writers as they entertain and arouse you. Readers include Marie Lyn Bernard (Best American Erotica 2007, Erotic Interludes 2), Lily Burana (Try, Strip City), Shari Goldhagen (Family and Other Accidents), Riain Grey (Erotic Authors Association, Scarlet Letters), Shane Luitjens (Bullets and Butterflies, Revolutionary Voices), Lisa Montanarelli (Whipped!, Strange But True), Caridad Piñeiro (Sex and the South Beach Chicas, The Calling Vampire series), and host Rachel Kramer Bussel. Copies of the authors' books will be given away, along with free candy and mini cupcakes.

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 Revenge of the Sex Columnists (September), comic sex (November) and erotic memoirs. Since its debut in October 2005, In the Flesh has featured such authors as Andy Horwitz, Jessica Cutler, Polly Frost, Maxim Jakubowski, Emily Scarlet Kramer of CAKE, Edith Layton, M.J. Rose, Lauren Sanders, Danyel Smith, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, and many others. The series has gotten press attention from Escape (Hong Kong), The L Magazine, New York Magazine, Philadelphia City Paper, Gothamist, and Wonkette.

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, Ultimate Undies, Sexiest Soles, Secret Slaves: Erotic Stories of Bondage, and the forthcoming Caught Looking: Erotic Tales of Voyeurs and Exhibitionists, She's on Top: Erotic Stories of Female Dominance and Male Submission, He's on Top: Erotic Stories of Male Dominance and Female Submission, Sex and Candy: Sugar Erotica, and Second Skins. Rachel has also written for Alternative Press, AVN, Bust, Metro, New York Post, Punk Planet, Time Out New York and Velvetpark.

Marie Lyn Bernard is a half-Jewish, half-Midwestern Farmer's-Daughter freelance aspirant. Her work has appeared in Best Women's Erotica 2005, Best American Erotica 2007, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica V.5, the Lambda Literary Award-nominated Erotic Interludes 2: Stolen Moments,, CleanSheets, Fresh Off the Vine, Conversely,, The Sarah Lawrence Review and She lives in Brooklyn, works at the Donald Maass Literary Agency, believes in St. Elmo's fire, is usually a Kinsey 3, and occasionally fools around with a website called

Lily Burana is the author of the unapologetically beachy "beach book" Try—a tawdry rodeo romance. She is also author of the memoir Strip City: A Stripper's Farewell Journey Across America. Her participation in In The Flesh marks her very first time reading a sex scene in public. A literary loss of virginity, if that's not too gross. Okay, it IS gross. But that's what makes it fun. She hopes you'll be there for her first time.

Shari Goldhagen's critically acclaimed first novel, Family and Other Accidents, was released from Doubleday/Broadway this spring. A fellow at both Yaddo and MacDowell, Shari holds an MFA from Ohio State and journalism degree from Northwestern. While working on the book, Shari stalked celebrities for The National Enquirer, Life & Style, and Celebrity Living Weekly.

Riain Grey is the pen name of a writer, editor, bookseller, exhibitionist and tight-rope walker. Her work has appeared in The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Volumes 4 and 5, Clean Sheets, Scarlet Letters, the Erotic Authors Association, and Synapse. She lives in New York City with her husband, two cats and a frightening assortment of books.

A non-native New Yorker, Shane Luitjens is a 31 year-old full-time Creative Director and activist. His work has appeared in various places throughout the country, including Revolutionary Voices (Alyson Press), suspect thoughts: a journal of subversive writing, Lodestar Quarterly and this year's Lambda Literary Award finalist Bullets and Butterflies.

Lisa Montanarelli's erotic fiction has appeared in Best American Erotica 2004, Best American Erotica 2005, Whipped! and many other anthologies. She has coauthored two humor books, Strange But True: San Francisco and Strange But True: Chicago (both Globe Pequot 2005), and a health book, The First Year -- Hepatitis C (Marlowe 2002).

Caridad Piñeiro attended Villanova University on a Presidential Scholarship and earned her Juris Doctor from St. John's University. Sex and the South Beach Chicas, coming in September 2006 from Downtown Press, is Caridad's twelfth published novel. Also look for Death Calls and two other books in The Calling Vampire series beginning in December 2006. Caridad is slated to have another four releases from Downtown Press and Harlequin in 2007.