I’ll be doing a reading – by which I mean, I’ll be reading, in person, some smut that I wrote – this coming Monday, and ohmygod I’ve never been in such better company. Seriously, wait till you see this lineup. You know how sometimes you do an event or a gig or throw a party and it’s just the best that it could possibly ever be, and you don’t know how it’ll ever get better than this.
Carol Queen is in town (!!!) and organized this reading – if you haven’t actually read her smutty queer novel The Leather Daddy and the Femme, just want to give a quick plug for it – it’s some of the most queer sex I’ve ever read, though most of it features a crossdressing dyke and a leather daddy gay boy. It is very much worth the read. (Browse through more smut & erotica that I recommend over in the Sugarbutch Amazon A-store.)
I haven’t decided what to read yet, but it’ll be very dirty. Any requests?
I hear there will be Sex Blogger Calendars we’ll be giving away, too. Come get yours signed by some of the pinups, myself included; come have a drink, come chit-chat with some of the most fascinating folks studying and writing about sexuality.
What: A Sex-Positive Soiree and Reading
When: Monday, June 8, 6-9 pm (reading will start between 7:30-8, last about an hour).
Why: Carol Queen’s coming through town and wants to collaborate with her friends Rachel and Elizabeth to make a space for connecting, schmoozing, touching base, and furthering plans for sex-positive world domination! Her SF nonprofit The Center for Sex & Culture has hosted Rachel Kramer Bussel, worked with Elizabeth Wood on her online community Sex in the Public Square, and has plans to expand its educational and cultural offerings online as soon as we can (if we can’t afford NY real estate, at least we can visit you via your computers). Come mingle with your fellow NY sex people and meet some new ones, then enjoy a reading that will surely be more salaciously smart/sexy brain candy than most people ever get on a Monday (and in some cases, sadly, EVER).
Cosponsored by the hotties at the NYC Sex Bloggers Calendar (www.sexbloggercalendar.com to benefit www.sexworkawareness.org). Free calendars! Signed! (The theme for the 2010 calendar, in production now, is sexual freedom — yay NYC Sex Bloggers!)
Open to everyone 21+ — please pass it on.
Where: Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street, NYC
How much: No charge, but we have a bar guarantee to meet, so have a drink, and donations will be gratefully accepted for the Center for Sex & Culture — no amount to big or too small, and tax-deductible!
More details …
Carol Queen has authored or edited eleven books, including the Firecracker Alternative Book Award winner The Leather Daddy and the Femme. She’s staff sexologist at Good Vibrations, the founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture, and has just finished a rewrite of Exhibitionism for the Shy. Visit at http://www.carolqueen.com or come hang out at Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter.
Rachel Kramer Bussel (http://www.rachelkramerbussel.com) is the editor of over 25 sex-related anthologies, including the Best Sex Writing series, Dirty Girls, Spanked, Do Not Disturb, The Mile High Club, He’s on Top, and She’s on Top. She hosts the monthly In The Flesh Reading Series at Happy Ending, is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, and writes frequently about sex, relationships, and pop culture.
Elizabeth Wood is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Nassau Community College, a unit of the State University of New York. She received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1999 for a study of gender, interaction and power in strip clubs. She writes about gender and sexuality, sex work, the use of online social networking technologies to create an Internet sex commons. She has published articles in Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and Feminism & Psychology. In addition to her academic writing she runs a web site, Sex In The Public Square, for more general discussions of sex and society.
Audacia Ray blogs at http://www.wakingvixen.com, wrote Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing In on Internet Sexploration, directed/produced the award-winning porn film The Bi Apple and the comedic short Dacia’s Love Machine; she’s an executive editor at sex worker magazine $pread, as well as a prolific writer, video blogger, and erotic art curator. Currently Dacia is the online strategist at the International Women’s Health Coalition as well as an adjunct professor of human sexuality at Rutgers University.
Sinclair Sexsmith writes Sugarbutch Chronicles: http://www.sugarbutch.net — a personal writing exploration of sex, gender, and relationships, and attempts to celebrate queer theory, sexuality, gender, culture, and identity in ways that are expansive rather than restrictive, liberating rather than limiting.
Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002 (B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey or F/V to 2nd Avenue, http://www.happyendinglounge.com)
Between Forsyth & Eldridge. Look for the hot pink awning that says “XIE HE Health Club.” (212) 334-9676 T, (212) 334-9492 F
The Center for Sex & Culture: Founded by cultural sexologist/writer Carol Queen and her partner Robert Morgan Lawrence, the Center for Sex & Culture provides judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum and researches and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. To that end we utilize our space in San Francisco to grow community, inform and inspire. Visit us online or when you come to San Francisco: http://www.sexandculture.org (also on Facebook and MySpace).
For more information: Carol Queen, [email protected]