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, December 22, 2006

In The Flesh Thanks

Now's as good a time as any to thank the 78 readers and performers who've graced the stage at In The Flesh, and a few others without whom my little reading series wouldn't be anywhere near as fabulous.

Extra special thanks to Oliver and all the bartenders at Happy Ending, Brian Van for being at every single In The Flesh to take photos, and Molly Crabapple for my kick-ass logo and all-around awesomeness. Also thanks to all the media outlets that listed and covered In The Flesh this year, notably: Dr. Ruth, The New Yorker, The L Magazine, Nerve, New York magazine, Flavorpill, Metro, AM NY, Gawker, Wonkette, Time Out New York,, Galleycat, Viviane's Sex Carnival, Flora Fling, and probably someone I’m forgetting in here. I truly appreciate it!

Thank you to everyone who performed at In The Flesh in 2006, in backwards chronological order (not precise chronological order, I just mean from December backwards, I can’t remember the specific orderings):


Abiola Abrams
L. Elise Bland
Scott Bowen
Stan Kent
Lisa Beth Kovetz
Karen Moulding
Jean Roberta
Molly Crabapple

November (Comic Sex)

Sara Jo Allocco
Adira Amram
Claudia Cogan
Jessica Delfino
Julie Klausner
Todd Levin
Mindy Raf
Lianne Stokes
Baron Vaughn


Jami Attenberg
P.F. Kozak
Mo Beasley
Stephen Elliott
Marcy Dermansky
Sean Meriwether
Christen Clifford

September (Revenge of the Sex Columnists)

Julia Allison
Nicole Beland
Erin Bradley
Ellen Friedrichs
Gregory Gilderman
Laura Leu
Stephanie Sellars
Jamye Waxman


Mari Lyn Bernard
Lily Burana
Shari Goldhagen
Riain Grey
Shane Luitjens
Lisa Montanarelli
Caridad Piñeiro


Desiree Burch
Diana Cage
Zaedryn Meade
Doreen Orsini
Cecilia Tan
Elspeth Potter
Stacy Brown

June (GLBT night)

Cheryl B.
Trebor Healey
Gena Hymowech
Sam J. Miller
Scott Pomfret
Scott Whittier
Jane Vincent


Ron Bass
Emily Scarlet Kramer
Polly Frost
Leora Skolken-Smith
Sofia Quintero
Charlie Anders

April (True Sex Confessions)

Dan Allen
Jessica Cutler
Miriam Datskovsky
Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Judy McGuire
Audacia Ray
Felicia Sullivan


Laura Antoniou
Debra Hyde
Maxim Jakubowski
Susan Wright


M.J. Rose
Lauren Sanders
Carol Taylor


Edith Layton
Danyel Smith
Iris N. Scwhartz
Rob Stephenson