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

Monday, September 28, 2009

Quickies: Short Erotica, Friday, October 2, 7:30-8:30 with FREE CUPCAKES!

Unless some major free time opens up in my schedule (ha ha ha ha ha!) this will be the last Quickies. FREE Baked by Melissa cupcakes and HOT readers!

FREE for you on Friday!

October 2, 7:30-8:30
The final Quickies, in which readers have 6 minutes to wow the audience. Featuring Mark Becker, John Bredin, Jamie Peck, Deb Victoroff, and Diana Vilibert. Hosted by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Bottoms Up, Spanked, The Mile High Club). Free cupcakes from Baked by Melissa.
(B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey or F/V to 2nd Avenue,
Between Forsyth & Eldridge. Look for the hot pink awning that says "XIE HE Health Club."
Admission: Free, 21+ only
Happy Ending Lounge: 212-334-9676

Mark Becker was born in Montreal and raised in New York and California. His first success as a writer came as a freshman at the University of Denver when he won an essay contest and had his work published in the school's freshman English textbook. He now writes and acts for the sketch comedy troupe Camp Wayne, which performs every month at the Broadway Comedy Club in Manhattan. Mark enjoys playing tennis, riding his bicycle, and people watching in this wonderful city.

John Bredin is a teacher, writer, and activist who is currently a Professor of English at CUNY's Inwood/ Washington Heights campus. His book SLURP: Sex Life Under Reconstruction Project--currently being serialized by Oysters & Chocolate--is equal parts humorous and scholarly. It also proposes a radical new erotic theory to expand safe sexual pleasure in the world. John's essays and stories have appeared in The Filipino Express, The Hudson Current, Slow Trains, Clean Sheets, and The Brooklyn Rail.

Rachel Kramer Bussel is an author, editor, blogger and reading series host. She is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations and a former sex columnist for The Village Voice. She’s edited numerous anthologies, two of which (Up All Night and Glamour Girls) have been Lambda Literary Award finalists, most recently The Mile High Club: Plane Sex Stories, Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories, Best Sex Writing 2009, Tasting Him, Tasting Her, and Spanked. Her writing been published in publications such as Clean Sheets, Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast, Fresh Yarn, Huffington Post, Mediabistro, Newsday, New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Tango, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York, and in over 100 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006. She has hosted In The Flesh since October 2005.

Jamie Peck is a freelance writer currently living and working in Brooklyn. She attended Columbia University, where she studied English, art history, and creative writing, wrote for the humor paper and the regular paper, and helped start Columbia's first student produced sexuality 'zine, Outlet. She has written for publications including Suicidegirls, The L Magazine, Impose Magazine, Citysearch, The New York Press, and Vice. She also enjoys bike riding, 80's prom dresses, awkward dancing, tinkering with recipes, drinking wine on her roof, and throwing house parties.

Deb Victoroff is a playwright with several well-received short plays under her belt. Her plays have been performed in Manhattan (at The Producer's Club, the Samuel French competition, and the Strawberry One Act Festival), in Brooklyn (at the Black Box Festival), at the Source Festival in Washington DC, and the First Stage in Los Angeles. Her play "Letter From a Soldier" was well received in Vancouver (a
review is here) where it was performed at the Walking Fish Festival and later at the Fringe Festival. The play also came in second (out of more than 200 submissions) in the New Works of Merit Competition out of Manhattan.

Diana Vilibert ( is the web editor at Marie Claire, where she gets on her soapbox regularly to write about sex and dating for Her work has also appeared in CosmoGIRL!,,, and various other dot-coms. You can follow her quarter-life crisis at

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