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

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

October 18th is gonna be so fabulous

If you haven't seen UrbanErotika and Mo Beasley before, you're in for SUCH a treat. And all my other fabulous readers (one in from San Francisco!) too.

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

In The Flesh gets literary in October with racy words from short story writer Jami Attenberg (Instant Love), spoken word impresario Mo Beasley and members of his dirty-word powerhouse UrbanErotika, playright Christen Clifford (Baby Love, 17 Guys I Fucked), novelist Marcy Dermansky (Twins), San Francisco-based author Stephen Elliott (My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up, Happy Baby), Sean Meriwether (Velvet Mafia) and erotica writer P.F. Kozak (Passions, Sins and Secrets), along with host Rachel Kramer Bussel (Caught Looking: Erotic Tales of Voyeurs and Exhibitionists; Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z 1 and 2). Copies of the authors' books will be given away, and free candy and mini cupcakes will be served.

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, Gothamist, and Wonkette.

Jami Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, graphic novels, books, television, and urban life for Salon, Print, Nylon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and others. Her fiction has been published by Pindeldyboz, Nerve, Spork, and Bullfight Review. Her debut collection of stories, Instant Love, was published by Crown/Shaye Areheart Books in June 2006. A novel, The Kept Man, will be published by Riverhead Books in 2007.

Mo Beasley is a performance poet and Producing Director of UrbanErotika. Affectionately known as The Head Coach of Erotica, founded and hosts New York' s longest running monthly erotic showcase: UrbanErotika. Since 2001, UE has featured the passions of all cultures and lifestyles united to express true eros through spoken word, poetry, music, & dance.

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.

Christen Clifford's most recent solo show, BabyLove, had its world premiere at the Mesto Zensk Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2005. It has also been produced in New York at Center Stage New York as part of Terra Nova Collective's 3rd Solo Arts Festival, at The Hudson Guild Theatre, and at 2006 San Francisco Fringe Festival and will be seen in late October 2006 in Toronto. Actor: most recently the title role in The Woman Before, directed by Daniel Fish in New York. Clifford is an MFA Candidate in Creative Non-Fiction at The New School.

Marcy Dermansky's first novel Twins, a 2005 New York Times Editor's Choice pick, will be released in paperback this October from HarperCollins. A MacDowell Fellow, Marcy is the winner of the 2002 Smallmouth Press Andre Dubus Novella Award and the 1999 Story Magazine Carson McCullers short story prize. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, including McSweeneys, The Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Indiana Review. She reviews independent and foreign film for about Marcy is not an identical twin.

Stephen Elliott is the author of six books including Happy Baby and My Girlfriend Comes To The City And Beats Me Up. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, The Village Voice, Best American Erotica, Best Sex Writing, Best Non-Required Reading, among others.

P. F. Kozak has had a unique perspective on sexuality since she discovered playing doctor, long before puberty. Once her hormones blended with her imagination, exotic erotic fantasies were born, and stories filled her head. With the publication of her first two books, Passion and Sins and Secrets, being a writer is no longer a castle in the sky.

Sean Meriwether’s work has been published in Lodestar Quarterly, Best Gay Love Stories 2006 and Best of Best Gay Erotica 2. He is the editor of Outsider Ink and Velvet Mafia: Dangerous Queer Fiction, and the forthcoming anthology Men of Mystery. Stalk him online at

Friday, September 22, 2006

Is Nicole Beland normal?

Originally uploaded by brianvan.
At In The Flesh on Wednesday, Nicole Beland told us she thinks this photo looks like the woman's lips are so red because she's just been eating out a woman who has her period. Then she asked the crowd, "Is that normal?"

Nicole was incredibly charming (not to mention still came out and gave a really awesome presentation even with a cold) and her confessions were a hit. More people should bring props! (Erin Bradley and Stephanie Sellars also did). A full writeup coming soon, but you can check out some photos by Brian Van from "Revenge of the Sex Columnists" here.

Also, exciting In The Flesh announcement coming soon - my little series is going bigtime!