February 21st will be here soon - come early for a good seat!
Check out some recent interviews Stephen's done about Sex for America:
Interview with Metromix LA
Interview with Violet Blue, San Francisco Chronicle
Interview with Playboy.com
And full bios/details soon, but also stay tuned for:
March 20 - Megan Abbott (Queenpin), Richard Aleas (Songs of Innocence), Kevin Keck (Oedipus Wrecked), Sebastian Horsely (Dandy in the Underworld), and Cheri Magid (Hide and Seek contributor)
April 17 - Suzanne Portnoy (The Not So Invisible Woman), HoneyB (Sexcapades), Sarah Thyre (Dark at the Roots), contributors to Dirty Girls: Erotica for Women
May 15 - True Sex Confessions Night is back with Tracie Egan (Jezebel.com, One D at a Time), Andrea Askowitz (My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy), Ilona Paris (You Know You Love It: Adventures in Sexual Mischief) and comedian Giulia Rozzi.
June 19 - GLBT Night - With Cris Beam (Transparent, contributor to Dirty Words), Charlie Vazquez (contributor to Best Gay Erotica 2008), Amie Evans, and Aimee Herman.
IN THE FLESH EROTIC READING SERIES
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21st at 8 PM
AT HAPPY ENDING LOUNGE, 302 BROOME STREET, NYC (B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to
Bowery, F to Delancey, http://www.happyendinglounge.com)
Happy Ending Lounge: 212-334-9676
A superstar erotica evening celebrating the release of two hot new anthologies. Featuring Stephen Elliott, editor of Sex for America: Politically Inspired Erotica, along with contributors Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City) and Jonathan Ames (Wake Up, Sir!) and New York Times bestselling author Zane (Addicted, The Heat Seekers) celebrating the release of Succulent: Chocolate Flava II, along with Succulent contributors Michelle Robinson and In The Flesh host/curator Rachel Kramer Bussel (Best Sex Writing 2008, He's on Top, She's on Top). Books will be available for sale from Mobile Libris. Free candy and 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 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. Since its debut in October 2005, In the Flesh has featured such authors as Laura Antoniou, Mo Beasley, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Stephen Elliott, Valerie Frankel, Polly Frost, Gael Greene, Andy Horwitz, Debra Hyde, Maxim Jakubowski, Emily Scarlet Kramer of CAKE, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Edith Layton, Logan Levkoff, Suzanne PortnoySofia Quintero, M.J. Rose, Lauren Sanders, Danyel Smith, Grant Stoddard, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, Dana Vachon, Veronica Vera, Susan Wright, and many others. The series has gotten press attention from the New York Times’s UrbanEye, Escape (Hong Kong), Flavorpill, The L Magazine, New York Magazine, Philadelphia City Paper, Time Out New York, Gothamist, Nerve.com and Wonkette, and has been praised by Dr. Ruth. This is not Amanda Stern’s Happy Ending Reading Series.
Rachel Kramer Bussel is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, conducts interviews for Gothamist.com and Mediabistro.com, and wrote the popular Lusty Lady column for The Village Voice. Her erotic stories have been published in over 100 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006, and she’s edited numerous anthologies, most recently Best Sex Writing 2008, Hide and Seek, Crossdressing, He’s on Top and She’s on Top. Rachel has also written for AVN, Bust, Cosmo UK, Gothamist, Mediabistro, Metro, New York Post, Punk Planet, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out New York and Velvetpark.
Jonathan Ames is the author of I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, What’s Not to Love? My Less Than Secret Life, Wake Up, Sir!, and I Love You More Than You Know. His graphic novel, The Alcoholic, will be published in 2008 by DC Comics/Vertigo. He is the editor of the anthology Sexual Metamorphosis and the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Rachel Kramer Bussel is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, conducts interviews for Mediabistro.com, and wrote the popular Lusty Lady column for The Village Voice. Her erotic stories have been published in over 100 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006, and she’s edited numerous erotica anthologies, most recently Best Sex Writing 2008, Yes, Sir and Yes, Ma’am. Rachel has also written for AVN, Bust, Cosmo UK, Gothamist, Mediabistro, Metro, New York Post, Punk Planet, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out New York and Velvetpark.
Stephen Elliott is the author of the political memoir Looking Forward To It, the novel Happy Baby, and the story collection My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up. He lives in San Francisco.
Nick Flynn's book Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (Norton, 2004) won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, was shortlisted for France's Prix Femina, and has been translated into thirteen languages. He is also the author of two books of poetry, Some Ether (Graywolf, 2000) and Blind Huber (Graywolf, 2002), for which he received fellowships from, among other organizations, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Library of Congress. Some of the venues his poems, essays, and nonfiction have appeared in include The New Yorker, The Paris Review, National Public Radio's This American Life, and the New York Times Book Review. His film credits include "field poet" and artistic collaborator on the film Darwin's Nightmare, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary in 2006. One semester a year he teaches at the University of Houston, and he then spends the rest of the year elsewhere.
Michelle Robinson is the mother of 12-year old identical twin boys and resides in New York City. She studied Journalism at New York University and is planning to attend film school in 2008. Her erotic short story "Mi Destino" is included in the New York Times bestseller Caramel Flava. In addition to Caramel Flava, Michelle is also a contributing author to the anthology collections Chocolate Flava II with the story "The Quiet Room, Asian Spice with the story "The Flow of Qi" and Missionary No More: Purple Panties 2 with the story "Hailey's Orgasmic Splendor." She has recently completed work on four novels, Color Me Grey, Pleasure Principle, Serial Typical and You Created a Monster, and is currently working on the screenplay adaptation of "Mi Destino." Michelle can be reached at robinson_201 at hotmail.com.
New York Times bestseller Zane is the author of Addicted, The Sex Chronicles, Getting' Buck Wild, The Heat Seekers, The Sisters of APF, Shame on It All, Nervous, Skyscraper, Afterburn, Love is Never Painless and Dear G-Spot. She is the editor of Chocolate Flava and Caramel Flava. She is the publisher of Strebor Books, an imprint of Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, and lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her family.