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, March 02, 2007

Lily Burana hearts In The Flesh

Photo of Lily reading at In The Flesh by Martha Burzynski

Strip City and Try author Lily Burana praises In The Flesh in her Suicide Girls interview:

DRE:I read that you were actually reading the sex scenes from Try at book readings.

Lily:Yeah. Rachel Kramer Bussel to me is one of the sweetest people. As far as the readings and the porno people of New York and the people want to make it more literary, she’s right there. She does the In the Flesh reading series and she asked me to come read at one of her readings. I decided to put my big girl panties on and do it. I don’t think I’ve ever been so afraid in my life. It was so bizarre. I was really astounded that I was as timid as I was but I guess it went okay. Nobody started snoring.

Photo of Lily and Molly Crabapple by Brian Van at In The Flesh