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Come Celebrate Best Lesbian Erotica! Online Erotica Readings in January

January 6, Wednesday, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET at The Ripped Bodice (online)

Featuring Sonni de Soto, Ash Orlando, Tobi Hill-Meyer, & Meg Elison

Tune in to our Best Lesbian Erotica Live Stream Virtual Event with authors Sonni de Soto, Ash Orlando, Tobi Hill-Meyer, and Meg Elison. Moderated by editor Sinclair Sexsmith, they will celebrate the release of the Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 6 anthology from Cleis Press.

To watch, go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/therippedbodiceLA on Thursday, January 6th from 5:00-6:00 PM PT (you do not need a Facebook account in order to watch).

During the event, you will receive a 24 hour 15% off code to use on any purchase from our website!

We encourage you to ask questions for the authors in the comments section.

SONNI de SOTO is an Asian kinkster of color who knows that, while kink isn’t therapy, play can often be therapeutic. It can often be the place where we explore our deepest fears within a safe context. 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/sonnidesoto and follow her at facebook.com/sonnidesotostories.

ASH ORLANDO is a playwright, poet and short story writer from Sydney, Australia. They have performed in The Butch Monologues, the Butch/Stud annual performance night and various spoken word events. Ash is also a co-director of Gender Creatives, a collaborative group showcasing work by non-binary artists and writers. They don’t know much, but they know they love you, and that may be all you need to know.

TOBI HILL-MEYER is an indigenous chicana trans woman with 15 years experience working in the LGBTQ movement. She is editor of the Lambda Literary Finalist anthology Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic, author of children’s books A Princess of Great Daring and Super Power Baby Shower, and director of the award winning erotic documentary series Doing it Online. Currently, she serves as Co-Executive Director for Gender Justice League.

MEG ELISON is a science fiction author and feminist essayist. Her series, The Road to Nowhere, won the 2014 Philip K. Dick award. She was a James A. Tiptree Award Honoree in 2018. In 2020, she published her first collection, called Big Girl with PM Press and her first young adult novel, Find Layla with Skyscape. Meg has been published in McSweeney’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fangoria, Uncanny, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and many other places. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley. Find her online, where she writes like she’s running out of time, at megelison.com & @megelison.

SINCLAIR SEXSMITH (they/them) is “the best-known butch erotica writer whose kinky, groundbreaking stories have turned on countless queers” (AfterEllen), who “is in all the books, wins all the awards, speaks at all the panels and readings, knows all the stuff, and writes for all the places” (Autostraddle). 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.

January 20, 4pm PT / 7pm ET, at Glad Day Books (Online)

Kel Hardy, Titus Androgynous, Meka James, & Quenby

Details TBA!

Published by Sinclair Sexsmith

Sinclair Sexsmith (they/them) is "the best-known butch erotica writer whose kinky, groundbreaking stories have turned on countless queer women" (AfterEllen), who "is in all the books, wins all the awards, speaks at all the panels and readings, knows all the stuff, and writes for all the places" (Autostraddle). ​Their short story collection, Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, was a 2016 finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. They identify as a white non-binary butch dominant, a survivor, and an introvert.

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