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

Thursday, December 27, 2007

In The Flesh thank yous

Thank you to everyone who read at In The Flesh this year, all 72 of you (73 if you count me), listed below. Many thanks also to Oliver and the entire staff of Happy Ending, my lovely photographers, Brian Van and Stacie Joy, Desiree for the food and all my friends who've helped out when I've rushed in frantically.

Please join us on January 17th for Blogger Sex Night and then February, where the amazing Zane is joining us, not to mention Stephen Elliott, Nick Flynn, and Chocolate Flava II contributor Michelle Robinson. 2008 is also going to be an amazing year for In The Flesh!

And last but not least, THANK YOU to all the audience members who've been there, laughed, got turned on, submitted true confessions, ate cupcakes, and made In The Flesh such a wonderful and welcoming space for my readers.



Abiola Abrams
M. David Hornbuckle
Marcelle Manhattan
Molly X

November – True Sex Confessions Night

Rachael Parenta
Lux Nightmare
Anna David
Selina Fire
Isobella Jade
Kimberlee Auerbach

October – Virgin Night

Sean Manseau
Colette Gale
Robert Cabell
Jane Lockwood
Steven Padnick
Jasmine Clemente

September - Best Of In The Flesh Night

Jessica Cutler
Andrew Boyd
Polly Frost
Marie Lyn Bernard
Samara O’Shea
Todd Levin

Best Of


John Blesso
Perry Brass
Catherine Lundoff
Elisha Miranda
Michelle Herrera Mulligan


Louisa Burton
Myriam Gurba
Aimee Herman
Lillian Ann Slugocki
Maddy Stuart

June – GLBT Night

Jay Lygon
Peggy Munson
Michael Luongo
Jolie du Pre
JD Glass


Dana Vachon
Min Jin Lee
Sarah Iverson
Jackie Kessler
Samara O’Shea
Jerry Rodriguez

April – True Sex Confessions Night

Peter Hyman
Lianne Stokes
Courtney McLean
Valerie Frankel
Logan Levkoff
Dan Goldman
Veronica Vera


Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz
Carol Novack
Cheri Crystal
Claire Thompson
Joel A. Nichols
Suzanne Portnoy


Reen Guierre
Andrew Boyd
D.L. King
Dahlia Scwheitzer

January – Erotic Memoir Night

Helen Boyd
Ron Geraci
Rachel Sarah
Lauren Wissot
Gael Greene
Grant Stoddard
Susan Shapiro
Virginia Vitzthum
Marty Beckerman