Smut Peddlers presents: Writing Spicy
Sunday, December 11, 2022, 4-6pm PT / 7-9pm ET
hosted by Kel Hardy
through Glad Day Books, Toronto
To tune in on GDTV:
Just add us on ZOOM: https://zoom.us/my/gladday
Meeting ID: 619-763-5308
Password is: 1970
(you can also phone in and listen: 647 558 0588)
Fornicatio cum laude: iconic butch erotica writer and editor Sinclair Sexsmith is partnering with Smut Peddlers to present an evening of readings by students, the culmination of the queer kinkster author’s Writing Spicy workshop.
Writing Spicy is a five week class on constructing erotic stories. Part classroom, part writing group, writers explore the craft of short erotic stories, focusing on the craft of storytelling and how erotica is different than stories without erotic content.
This event is presented by the Smut Peddlers, Glad Day’s own wildly successful evening of erotica and sexy writing from young queer, trans and non-binary writers at the world’s oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore.
Co-organizer and course leader Sinclair Sexsmith is joined by Smut Peddler co-producer (spicy writer supreme) and the evening’s host, Kel Hardy. Smut Peddlers couldn’t be more excited… maybe a little TOO excited… to partner with Sinclair for an evening of spicy readings.
Best Lesbian Erotica panel at Charis Books
Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 7:30-8:30pm ET / 4:30-5:30pm PT
Charis celebrates Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 7, edited by Sinclair Sexsmith. In addition to the editor, other panelists include: Asha Leong, Lilith Young, Fiona Zedde, and La Toya Hankins. Dive into these 19 varied stories and experience a first time after a gender confirming surgery, transport to another time for a sexy heist with a forbidden lover, or even have one last hoorah with some swingers on the night before everything changes. Keep reading—you may just discover something new about yourself, or see yourself reflected in these provocative stories.
About the panelists:
Sinclair Sexsmith (they/them) is a queer butch writer focusing on sexualities, genders, kink, and relationships. Their short story collection, Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, was a 2016 finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and they are the current editor of the Best Lesbian Erotica series. Find more of their work at sugarbutch.net.
Asha Leong is healer, coach and trainer focused on helping queer, trans, people of color thrive. Asha has a deep passion for helping people heal, understand, create, and manifest their personal vision of sexual liberation. Asha is an ordained earth based healer with Awareness Insight Ministries, Inc., with over a decade of training in her craft. Asha specializes in horoscope readings, spiritual coaching, shamanic energy healing and teaching about sexual liberation. Asha founded the Sexual Liberation Collective which is an intentional collective of people who are passionate about healing and sexual liberation in 2012. Through her practice Dreaming Desires Asha help’s queer, trans, people of color heal from trauma, create relationships, life plan, name their desires, build queer family and manifest their personal vision of sexual liberation into the world. Asha is an erotic writer and is excited to be published in Best Lesiban Erotica 2023.
Jamaican-born Fiona Zedde currently lives and writes in Madrid, Spain. She is the author of several novellas and novels of lesBiQueer love and desire, including the Lambda Literary Award finalists, Bliss and Every Dark Desire. Her novel, Dangerous Pleasures, was the winner of an About.com Readers’ Choice Award for Best Lesbian Novel or Memoir. Find out more at www.FionaZedde.com.
Lilith Young is a queer autistic writer. She spends her days baking, writing, and wishing she could adopt every dog she meets. Growing up in the American deep south she hopes to write the stories she wished she could have read when she was coming out in college.
La Toya Hankins is the author of SBF Seeking and K-Rho: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood as well as short stories including “Married to the Struggle,” “Heat Wave-Southport,” and “Ghosted.” Her work has been featured in anthologies Black From the Future and Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Stories, published by BLF Press and she is a regular book reviewer for the Black Lesbian Literary Collective. She has written for two blogs, “Hot Tea and Ice” featured at www.wyettevans.com and “Pate and Caviar” featured on her website, www.latoyahankins.com. Hankins is a native of North Carolina and currently resides in Durham, NC.
This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle’s mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices.
Please contact us at [email protected] or 404-524-0304 if you would like ASL interpretation at this event. If you would like to watch the event with live AI captions, you may do so by watching it in Google Chrome and enabling captions: Instructions here. If you have other accessibility needs or if you are someone who has skills in making digital events more accessible please don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected] We are actively learning the best practices for this technology and we welcome your feedback as we begin this new way of connecting across distances.
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Best Lesbian Erotica at Drunken! Careening! Writers!
Thursday, December 15, 7pm ET
Online reading celebrating the release of Best Lesbian Erotica volume 7
Register here: https://bit.ly/BLEatDCW
We won’t be together in person this month, but we will be meeting online for our annual holiday tradition: a reading from BLE! DCW has featured readers from the BLE series for its release since 2004.
Sonni de Soto
Stephani Maari Booker
About the readers:
CAMERON NIGHT is a queer butch writer based in New York City, where she works as an editor. She spends her free time writing queer love stories and playing softball.
SONNI de SOTO is an Asian geek of color who loves that cosplay and conventions allow you to step into a completely new world and explore new sides of yourself. de Soto has had the privilege of publishing romantic erotica novels and stories with The Sexy Librarian, Cleis Press, Sexy Little Pages, and many others. Find more from her at patreon.com/sonnidesotoallaccess and follow her at instagram.com/sonni_de_soto.
STEPHANI MAARI BOOKER dedicates her published erotica to the memory of her pen pal friend, the late writer Xan West. She has stories in Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Volume 6, Owning It: Embracing Our Bodies, Sexuality, and Power (Rhiannon Rhys-Jones, Sienna Saint-Cyr & S.B. Roark, editors; SinCyr Publishing, 2018), Coming Together: Girl on Girl (Leigh Ellwood, editor; EroticAnthology.org, 2013), and Longing, Lust and Love: Black Lesbian Stories (Shonia L. Brown, editor; Nghosi Books, 2007). For more information about her work, go to athenapersephoni.com.
SINCLAIR SEXSMITH (they/them) is a queer butch writer focusing on sexualities, genders, kink, and relationships. Their short story collection, Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, was a 2016 finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and they are the current editor of the Best Lesbian Erotica series. Find more of their work at sugarbutch.net.
Spicy Showcase: Queer, Trans, & Nonbinary Erotica Reading
Sunday, December 18, 2022, 10am-12pm PT / 1-3pm ET
Ursa A. Viridian
About the feature:
Kiki DeLovely (http://kikidelovely.wordpress.com) is a witchy, kinky, polyamorous, mixed, non-binary femme who moonlights as an erotica writer when she’s not weaving magic through energetic healing and spiritual coaching. Kiki strives toward erotica that reads as fine literature and connects us with our highest selves. Their work has appeared in dozens of publications and they have toured both nationally and internationally, living and traveling all over the world. She now makes her home on Occaneechi-Saponi land.
Daddy4Daddy Erotica Readings with Orlando Silver & Sinclair Sexsmith
30 December, 2022 & 30 January, 2023, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET
Come hear Orlando Silver and Sinclair Sexsmith read erotica!
We’ll be reading rough drafts, unpublished, and so far unheard works about daddy4daddy romance, sex, kink, and big feelings. Ask us questions ahead of time and we’ll choose some of our favorites to answer. Come see them both try to make each other blush.
This is in part a place to share our work, and in part a fundraiser to help us cover travel costs to see each other (and generate more material to share with YOU). Tickets are $20 ($50 if you come to all 3!), or by a sliding scale donation of any amount ($5? $100? $3,000? Fantastic).
Can’t wait to see you there.
In North America:
- 30 November, 2022
- 30 December, 2022
- 30 January, 2023
- 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET
- 1 December, 2022
- 31 December, 2022
- 31 January, 2023
- 12-1pm AEDT
About the readers:
ORLANDO SILVER (they/he) is a queer enby hiding out in Sydney, Australia. They have published stories in Big Book of Orgasms 2 and Best Lesbian Erotica 6, and are the author of Soft Fruit. The key to their heart is to buy them good fiction or possibly coffee. You can find them on Instagram as http://www.instagram.com/say_please_baby
SINCLAIR SEXSMITH (they/them) is a queer butch writer focusing on sexualities, genders, kink, and relationships. Their short story collection, Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, was a 2016 finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and they are the current editor of the Best Lesbian Erotica series. Find more of their work at http://sugarbutch.net.