Sex Worker Literati is moving uptown – and by uptown we mean the Bowery – for a lust-drenched 1 year anniversary cavalcade extravaganza.  After packing them in downtown every month for year, Sex Worker Literati sheds its skin and reinvents itself at the great East Village landmark that has come to represent the finest in words: Bowery Poetry Club.  Besides our usual collection of stranger than fiction tales from the seething underbelly of America’s sex trenches, we’re adding ultra-live music and brazen, bawdy burlesque.  It hardly seems a year since the groundbreaking anthology Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys shocked America by rocketing onto the front page of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.  Giving voice to an under represented population that is glorified and reviled, fetishized and stigmatized, worshiped and spat upon, from $5000 a night call girls to $10 crack hos to hard-working rent boys, Sex Worker Literati is the living breathing embodiment of this internationally acclaimed anthology.  In the flesh.  David Henry Sterry and Zoe Hansen will be riding herd over an all-star lineup of the finest ho writer/performers money can buy.  & IT’S ALL STILL FREE!!!

In the exchange of sex for money, a window opens into the human soul.  Take a peak. Cum laugh. Cum cry.  Just cum.

June 3 – Coming Out & Passing

Hosted by Audacia Ray and David Henry Sterry
Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge, in New York City
Thursday, June 3. Doors at 7 pm, reading from 8-10
Stick around after the reading to dance and party with hos, hookers, and ne’er do wells!

21 and up – FREE

THIS MONTH: Featuring Surprise Guests from!

15% of the bar goes to benefit HIPS – Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive

Our readers this month:

Spending over a decade in New York City has been far from mundane for Randi Newton.
Moving to Manhattan from Omaha, Nebraska- in 1998 to pursue an acting career.  Newton started by working as a live-in nanny, to trading up for a position at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, to managing for a for a prestigious liquor company, being laid off and eventually wandering into a gentlemen’s club where a year long waitressing position, turned into a stripping stint that parlayed into opening surprising media appearances and writing opportunities.  Featured as the cover story, April 2009, of the Sunday New York Post about women stripping in times of an economic crisis, Newton has also appeared internationally to speak about the recession and the gentlemen’s club industry.   In addition she has been featured in Radar Magazine, Penthouse Magazine (fully dressed) and such television programs such as; Inside Edition, The Insider, The TODAY Show, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight.  She’s also appeared as a panelist multiple times on FOX News The Strategy Room, and appeared on The Gayle King Show/Oprah Radio, and went face to face with Bill O’Reilly on the controversial “The O’Reilly Factor”.  Newton has also appeared in such television programs such as various appearances on “Howard TV On Demand”, “The Sopranos”, “Nip/Tuck”, and films, “Mona Lisa Smile”, “Sean Lennon’s Friendly Fire”, and most recently the Darby Crash biopic, “What We Do is Secret”.
In addition, Randi is a columnist for one of the most respected trade publications in the adult nightclub industry, “Exotic Dancer Magazine”.  She attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, on a scholarship provided from the Miss America Organization, and has more recently studied at The New School in New York City, The Groundlings in Los Angeles, and Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City.  She spends her spare time, reading, writing, playing poker, and enjoys karaoke.  She is currently working on her second memoir and working at Rick’s Cabaret’s flagship location in New York City.  Newton resides between New York and Los Angeles.

Cameryn Moore is a writer, comedian, sex educator, performer, and, oh yeah, a professional phone sex operator. Her one-woman play, Phone Whore, opens in Boston May 15-16, and will tour to 17 other cities in North America this summer and fall (including Brooklyn’s Brick Theatre November 5-6!). In Boston she is the host of f*ckbucket, a monthly talk show/sex-trivia night at the Savant Project, and regularly appears at the Naked Comedy Showcase, the Comedy Studio, and Good Vibrations. Catch more of her in NYC this weekend: June 4 at Ochi’s Lounge with the Back Room, and June 5 at her first NYC Naked Comedy Showcase. For tour dates, visit her at

Sarah Jenny is a community organizer, activist and visual artist. She is a co-founder and organizer of the NYC chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP-NYC) and Sex Workers Action New York (SWANK). She has previously served on the board of directors of the Desiree Alliance Conference and as the New Media Director of $pread Magazine. Sarah Jenny is currently a masters candidate at New York University with a focus on mobile technology for public health. She is co-organizing the Sex Worker Cabaret at the Slipper Room on June 6th and hopes you will attend.

Stephen Boyer will forever be in his early twenties fucking and getting fucked under the alias Dorian or Dorian Slay. Since the years are quickly stumbling away from his point of entry, Stephen has devoted his energies to writing, painting and performance. His work has been published by 2nd Floor Projects (San Francisco); Marjorie Wood Gallery (San Francisco); TRY zine; in the anthologies “Cool Thing: The Best New Gay Fiction from Young American Writers” and “Madder Love: Queer Men and the Precincts of Surrealism”; and a collection of poetry entitled “Ghosts” by Bent Boy Books came out this past January 1st, 2010. He has also shown work at Poet’s Theater, and has been involved in many a friends performance. Currently he is wrapping up a novel, producing a play and has an art show June 5th-6th between 12-7pm as part of the Bushwick Arts Festival with his friend Kevin Sheneberger at 301 Grove St. Brooklyn, New York. And check out his website

‘Dominick‘ is a founding participant of ‘Reading for Filth’, a monthly series founded by the late Dean Johnson. At the inaugural reading, Dominick came out about his 3-year stint as a full-time sex worker. In subsequent appearances, he’s honed his confessional voice, drawing on his sex worker diaries and correspondence to delve into a range of topics- his youth as a kept boy, his evolving persona as dominant guido-for-hire, the digital transformation of the sex industry, ass health- and of course, the johns, in all their splendor. Since retiring from sex work, Dominick walks among civilians in NYC’s real estate industry- where the art of the sell is supreme.

Mariko Passion, Educated Whore and Urban Geisha is a performance artist | activist | educator | whore revolutionary. She sings and rhymes her experiences and reality over beats and produces auto-documentary videos. She educates the community and fights for social justice issues related to sex workers rights in LA, across the U.S and the world. She has performed at the International AIDS conference Global Village stage in Mexico City, a conference that drew 20,000.  She tries to feature or open mic perform somewhere in her hometown of Los Angeles a few times month.  She is a singer, spoken word, visual and performance artist using various mediums to speak on the intense drive and passion of certain born to be hustlers living in a male privileged world.

About HIPS:

HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive) was founded in 1993 by a coalition of service providers, advocates, and law enforcement officials as an outreach and referral service. HIPS mission is to assist female, male, and transgender individuals engaging in sex work in Washington, DC in leading healthy lives. Utilizing a harm reduction model, HIPS’ programs strive to address the impact that HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, discrimination, poverty, violence and drug use have on the lives of individuals engaging in sex work. HIPS is a nationally recognized program that meets the needs sex workers and assists them in their efforts to eliminate the transmission of HIV, increase sexual health, and reduce violence and harm associated with sex work and drug use. HIPS programs serve an estimated 2,000  sex workers a year on the streets and in our drop-in center, providing a full spectrum of programs to address basic & immediate needs, long-term goal setting and life skills development.

Important information about changes to Sex Worker Literati!

Changes are coming to Sex Worker Literati – some really exciting ones!
As many of you know, in just under one year that Sex Worker Literati has been running at Happy Ending Lounge, we’ve had some amazing experiences. Since August 2009, we have featured more than 50 sex workers from around the country – and even some international guests – who have read, monologued, performed, and shimmied their ways into our hearts, minds, and naughty bits.  We’ve also built a fundraising component into the evening, donating a percentage of the bar income to sex worker organizations each month. But now, we’ve just grown too big to continue as we have…so we’re making some changes and we know you’ll be as excited about them as we are!

Audacia Ray will be continuing the Happy Ending tradition of a First Thursday night reading & performance series, under a different name: The Red Umbrella Diaries. The series will bring together current & former sex worker performers with the audiences that have come to love these story tellers’ particular takes on their lives, loves, and work. Audacia will continue to raise money for sex worker advocacy groups at each performance and produce videos of the performers. Learn more about Audacia’s upcoming themes, performers, and watch the latest videos at

Starting this September, David Henry Sterry will be taking Sex Worker Literati uptown to Bowery Poetry Club at 308 Bowery! It will be a great chance for socializing with and listening to amazing performers, and hang out with other sexy people enjoying the usual fun and flirtatiousness that you’ve come to expect & love! Tentatively scheduled for the first Thursday nights, there are still details to be finalized, but not to worry – just check out for more information about Sex Worker Literati!

May 6 – Embarrassing Things I’ve Done For Money

Embarrasing Things I've Done for Money: Sex Worker Literati May 6th

Hosted by Audacia Ray and David Henry Sterry
Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge, in New York City
Thursday, May 6. Doors open at 7 pm, reading from 8-10
Stick around after the reading to dance and party with hos, hookers, and ne’er do wells!

21 and up – FREE

15% of the bar goes to support Adult Industry Medical Health Foundation

Our readers this month:

Candida Royalle began her long and colorful career in sex work as a porn star before pioneering the genre of female-centric erotic films through her company, Femme Productions in 1984. Continuing to innovate in the area of women’s sexual pleasure she partnered with a Dutch industrial designer to create the groundbreaking Natural Contours line of sleek stylish vibrators. Looking to share all she’s learned through out her illustrious life and career she penned “How to Tell a Naked Man What to Do” (Simon & Schuster). She’s a founding board-member of Feminists for Free Expression (FFE) .

Guy Gonzales. Peepstar. Hustler. Notorious Nude Club Manager. Outlaw Artist and Writer. Warrior. From peddling firecrackers to live sex shows, legendary hardcore hustler Guy Gonzales was born in Manhattan of Asian-American ancestry. Despite the façade of a decent upbringing, he became enticed by the filthy streets. Flesh emporiums fueled his incentive; in 1982 Guy gravitated to Times Square, a reputed red-light district, and began as a cashier/mop-man in the adult peep shows. While swabbing pools of disgrace, he dated a Private Booth showgirl; subsequently they became a Love-Team, performing live sex acts on stage. On a mattress stained with bodily fluids, he penetrated even deeper into the inner sanctum of smut. Guy’s artwork, articles, and photo essays have been featured in Screw, Hustler, Swank, Vibe, the Village Voice, and Penthouse Forum. Featured in TimeOutNY as the leader of the Mortuary Squad, an elite task force that documents the underbelly; and the 40th Anniversary Issue of New York Magazine. A+E ‘Biography’ entitled ‘Times Square’ chronicled his unusual experiences, with interviews and illustrations. Exhibitions include  â€˜Erotopath’ and ‘Viewer Discretion Advised’. In 2006 he exhibited at the Ayala Museum, Makati, the Philippines, with former President Fidel Ramos in attendance. A noir New Yorker, Guy continues to evoke the broken mirror ball on the fringe of a forgotten Times Square, as his autobiographical account PEEPMAN/DEUCE42 nears completion.

Jillian Lauren is the author of the memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem. She has an MFA from Antioch University and her writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Flaunt Magazine, Pindeldyboz Magazine and Opium Magazine, among others. Her novel, Pretty, is scheduled to be released from Plume in January 2011. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. Her blog is regularly updated with notes about her life, her family, and her writing.

Aimee DeLong is a writer and performer, living in New York.  Her work has been published in such places as Cherry Bleeds, 3AM, Everyday Genius, Lit Chaos and Yellow Mama.  Aimee has giving readings for The Cherry Bleeds Literary Happy Hour and Lit Crawl in San Francisco.  She’s also the winner of the 2008 Famas Poetry Prize.  Recently, she appeared in the off-Broadway play, Go Go Killers.  If this is not a long enough list of vague accolades please visit her website at

About Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation:

“A non-profit corporation created to care for the physical and emotional needs of sex workers and the people who work in the Adult Entertainment Industry. Through our HIV and STD testing and treatment, our counseling, and support-group programs, we are happy to be serving the sex worker community. Our goal is to provide health care for the body, mind, emotion, and spirit, as well as to take a leadership position in promoting safe and responsible sexual behavior, not only for the adult entertainment industry, but for everyone.”

April 1 – Goddesses, Sinners, & Saviours

April 1 edition of Sex Worker Literati is all about Goddesses, Sinners, and Saviors

Hosted by Audacia Ray and David Henry Sterry
Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge, in New York City
Thursday, April 1. Doors at 7 pm, reading from 8-10
Stick around after the reading to dance and party with hos, hookers, and ne’er do wells!
21 and up – FREE

15% of the bar goes to support the Young Women’s Empowerment Project

Our readers this month:

Vanessa del Rio is the all-time queen of the Latina sex stars, a lusty, exotic slice of mocha-skinned sensuality. Her name is synonymous with fiery, unrestrained sex at its rawest. Vanessa made her erotic debut in 1974′s ‘CHAIN DOLL,’ and was a top star right up until her retirement in 1986. Her enthusiasm for all kinds of wild sex made her one of the most bankable of 70′s and 80′s stars. Producers and fans knew that the name Vanessa del Rio meant sexual abandon, plain and simple. Vanessa del Rio appeared in nearly 100 films and videos during her 12-year career and never disappointed fans of lust-crazed Latin erotica. A member of the X-Rated Critics Organization’s Performers Hall of Fame, Vanessa is still one of the best-loved, most fondly remembered sex stars of all time, a bad girl with a feverish hunger for nasty, all-out sex. Vanessa del Rio has been mentioned in countless RAP Music Videos appeared on various talk shows and played herself on ABC’s N.Y.P.D Blue.

Barbara Carrellas is the author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century and Luxurious Loving: Tantric Inspirations for Passion and Pleasure. Barbara’s pioneering Urban Tantra® workshops were named best in New York City by TimeOut/New York magazine. Barbara delights in blurring the lines between sacred and profane, enlightened and perverted, pleasure and pain.

Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books including The Adderall Diaries which has been described as “genius” by both the San Francisco Chronicle and Vanity Fair. The Adderall Diaries was the best book of the year in Time Out New York, a best of 2009 in Kirkus Reviews, and one of 50 notable books in the San Francisco Chronicle. Elliott’s writing has been featured in Esquire, The New York Times,The Believer, GQ, Best American Non-Required Reading 2005 and 2007, Best American Erotica, and Best Sex Writing 2006. He is the editor of The Rumpus.

Raven Koch (AKA Raven Melissa, Raven Strega, Bunny Nose Best) is the bastard daughter of an orphan mother, and as such, always delights in finding the sweetness and humanity in liminal experience.  She was a co-founder of the Fierce Pussy Posse Cabaret Theater Company, Poison Apple Erotica Productions and Donna Con Donna.  She was also a co-founder of $pread Magazine.  Involved with Wow Café Theater Company for the last six years, her recent major works have included, Oedipus: A Love Story, and Love Spell, both of which were public ritual performances.  She has performed at Dixon Place, The Slipper Room, The Starlight Lounge and many other venues.  The original band slut of Hyper Gender Burlesque, witch, redneck and self-defense instructor, Raven can often be found stuffing an almond croissant into her mouth while running for the train or soaking in a hot bath while poring over cheap pulpy hoodoo pamphlets.

About the Young Womens Empowerment Project

The mission of the Young Women’s Empowerment Project is to offer safe, respectful, free-of-judgment spaces for girls and young women impacted by the sex trade and street economies to recognize their goals, dreams and desires. Young Women’s Empowerment project is run by girls and women with life experience in the sex trade and street economies. They are a youth leadership organization grounded in harm reduction and social justice organizing by and for girls and young women (ages 12-23) impacted by the sex trade and street economies.

March 4 – Show & Tell: My Favorite Outfit

Hosted by Audacia Ray and David Henry Sterry
Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge, in New York City
Thursday, March 4. Doors at 7 pm, reading from 8-10
Stick around after the reading to dance and party with hos, hookers, and ne’er do wells!
21 and up – FREE

15% of the bar goes to support Project SAFE

Our readers this month:

Gerry Visco is illegally blonde. A writer, performer, photographer, fashionista, and radio show host on WKCR FM, she regularly covers parties, events,  and the arts for New York Press in a weekly column and has also published stories and photographs in The Village Voice, Try State Magazine, birdsong, Gawker, the New York Sun, New York Magazine, Fit Yoga, Beyond Race, New York Blade Gay City News, $pread Magazine,  and other publications in print and online. She’s shown her photographs at Gallery U in Montclair, New Jersey, Envoy Gallery, and Artflux. She’s currently writing a tell-all memoir about her colorful life as muse, FIT student, actor, fag hag, rent girl, and disco diva in the gritty glamorous world of New York City during the 1970s and 1980s. Her latest project is Gerrification, a global effort designed to bring joy and beauty to America and the world. Everyone needs a makeover. Far better than Paxil or Prozac, dressing like Gerry will improve your mood and your life just by being photographed donning her signature platinum wig, cat-eye glasses, and a spangly outfit.

N is an multi-form, multi-media artist who is a jill of all trades. As an award winning burlesque performer, she has traveled throughout the country to bring her queer, schizophrenic performance that will shock you and most importantly leave you thinking, which has earned her the title as “The NC17 Of Burlesque”. In addition to co-producing her hit burlesque show HyperGender Burlesque in NYC, she is a videographer, professional singer, makeup artist, model and now sex blogger. She writes for the burlesque/sex themed blog The Vagina Adventures which are stories from a queer switch who is all about her vagina, and the women and things that go in them. Read more about her at and

Anne Hanavan moved to NYC in 1985.  She started off stripping at the Pussy Cat Lounge, did a few stints in some Brothels, and because of  major dysfunction brought on by a huge heroin habit, she hit the strolls of the lower east side and stayed there for just under a decade.  After kicking the habit 11 years ago Anne started making experimental sexually explicit videos were the artist aggressively confronts her past.  Hanavan continues to take steps towards self absolution by writing were she takes the reader inside her head to see, from her perspective,  experiences of  street walking, tricking, rape, robberies, jail, and the many people she interacted with along the way.

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir WHIP SMART (St. Martin’s Press). Her writing has been featured in The Southeast Review, Redivider, The Rambler, Storyscape Journal, Bitch Magazine, and Smut Magazine, among others.  She co-curates and hosts the Mixer Reading and Music Series at Cake Shop, teaches at Purchase College, The Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and NYU, and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.  She lives in Brooklyn. More information about her work and projects can be found at

About Project SAFE

Project SAFE’s mission is to promote human rights-based public health among women working in prostitution on the street in Philadelphia. SAFE is an organization dedicated to ensuring the health, safety and survival of women on the street by providing advocacy, education and support using a harm reduction model. SAFE seeks to reduce the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among working women, promote health and safety by arming women with relevant information and resources, and connect women to programs and services which are appropriate to their needs and interests. We believe in every woman’s right to health and well-being as well as in their competency to protect and help themselves, their loved ones and their communities. Our long-term vision for social justice includes creating a network of and for women who participate in the sex industry that promotes self-advocacy concerning health, legal rights, and public policy.

February 4 – Love & Pain

Sex Worker Literati: Love and Pain

Hosted by Audacia Ray and David Henry Sterry
Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge, in New York City
Thursday, February 4. Doors at 7 pm, reading from 8-10
Stick around after the reading to dance and party with hos, hookers, and ne’er do wells!

21 and up – FREE

15% of the bar goes to support the Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Our performers this month:

Tyler Knight writes short stories and poetry largely rooted in the worlds of adult film, corporate finance and the Fellini-esque characters that occupy them. He’s recently completed an autobiographical short story collection, and a semi-biographical novel.
Since he began writing in 2009, his short stories have been published in several literary magazines including Thieves Jargon, Sex and Murder, and Thirst For Fire. In January 2010, London based publisher Ronin Press  published his first chapbook. Tyler also writes a monthly column for For The Girls magazine.
He lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, parrot and turtles.


Mistress Astrid has been a professional dominatrix and lifestyle player for four years. She is also a proud member of the Leather Family of La Domaine Esemar, the oldest s&m training studio in the country. She has written for $pread Magazine as well the The Indypendent. She has worked as an event emcee, a fetish performer, a nude model and a BDSM educator. She is currently working on her Masters with a focus in Human Sexuality. She hopes to one day complete a dissertation on the female professional dominatrix, as it relates to women’s historical narratives.


Reverend Jen

Reverend Jen is a performer, painter, playwright, columnist, Troll Museum Curator, underground movie star, open mike host, ASS Magazine founder and elf. She is a columnist for and a former sex columnist for Her books include Live Nude Elf: the Sexperiments of Reverend Jen, Sex Symbol for the Insane, Reverend Jen‘s Really Cool Neighborhood and a number of handmade books that can be found in collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the MoMA Library and the Warhol Museum.


Alex Kinney is an old whore who has prostituted himself in the Ivy League, America’s regional theaters, in the Golden Hills of Hollywood, one cold Christmas in Dublin, and more lengthily, the South of the Slot in San Francisco.  Yes, Virginia, there really was a Golden Age of sexuality in San Francisco, and some of us were even getting paid for it.  Actually, a LOT of us were getting paid for it, right, David??  The stuff you get me into, jeez….  Alex’s most recent play, Holy Hell, was developed at The Actors Studio.


Nica Noelle is an adult film actress, writer and director. She conceptualized and created Sweetheart Video and Sweet Sinner Films with Jon Blitt of Mile High Media, and was recently hailed by Nightline ABC as the top female adult film director. Nica has been a published writer for many years, and her work has appeared in numerous national magazines and websites. Aside from her continuing work in adult films, Nica is also an avid science and nature writer, and she is currently writing a book about urban wildlife and the relationship between humans and backyard animals.
Dane CrossDane Cross is a performer in the adult entertainment industry who won Best Male Newcomer at the 2010 AVN Awards. Prior to entering the industry he went to film school and worked in photojournalism. He is 26, and enjoys traveling as much as possible. Currently he’s working on a travel show pilot on youth hostels that he created.

15% of the bar tab goes to support the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.

January 7 – My First Time…

Hosted by Audacia Ray and David Henry Sterry
Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge, in New York City
Thursday, January 7. Doors at 7 pm, reading from 8-10
Stick around after the reading to dance and party with hos, hookers, and ne’er do wells!
21 and up – FREE

Our readers this month:

chelseasummers In order to fund her Ph.D. habit, Chelsea G. Summers worked most of the go-go ’90s as a stripper. Later, she found herself uninspired to write her doctoral dissertation and thus she began writing her award-winning blog, pretty dumb things, in March 2005. Since then,
Chelsea’s work has appeared in magazines like GQ and Penthouse and in multiple anthologies. She has been interviewed by the legendary Susie Bright for her show “In Bed With Susie Bright,” and her work has been featured in fine online publications such as Filthy Gorgeous Chelsea is currently working on any number of projects, when she isn’t suffering from paralyzing crises of confidence. Chelsea lives and sometimes writes in glamorous New York City.

Jennifer Blowdryer was delighted to meet other people with funny names when she moved to NYC in 1985. Spider Webb and Annie Sprinkle introduced her to the mutual exploitation hack erotica circuit, and she proudly launched Smut Fests at a lap dancing parlour in 1988. Read more of her stuff:

Damien Decker‘s writing has appeared in $pread magazine and the anthology Unhoused Voices. He has been featured on The Daily Beast and is currently working on a memoir. Damien was born in Zambia but moved as a young child to Scandinavia to become one of the first black people in northern Europe. He recived his degree in USA and is a former college, semi-pro, and national team athlete.  Damien is a multilingual jack-of-all-trades who speaks fluent Swedish, Norwegian, English, plus enough French to not starve when in Paris and enough Swahili to know when mother was angry. He currently resides in New York.

Jodi Sh. Doff Jodi Sh. Doff, aka Scarlett Fever, has written for BUST, Penthouse, Playgirl, Tear, Cosmopolitan; been included in Best American Erotica ‘95, Bearing Life, Between the Sheets & The Bust Guide to a New Girl Order. She’s one of the Three Naked Ladies, a weekly online series taking a behind the scenes peek at stripping then & now. There’s a
memoir of her ten years in pre-Disney Times Square topless business in the works.

Zoe Hansen, by Audacia Ray, on Flickr

Zoe Hansen, by Audacia Ray, on Flickr

Zoe Hansen came to New York as a runaway teen in 1984, with two
hundred dollars and a heroin habit. She lived in the Lower East Side
when burnt out buildings were the norm and everyone went to Save The
Robots and Danceteria. She entered the sex industry at 17 years old,&
went on to become a phone girl, street ho, call girl, brothel worker
and eventually successful madam. She continues to live in the East
Village with her husband & child, where she is working on her memoir
‘My American Dream ~ Going Down in Gotham’.

Call for performers – Sex Worker Literati

Everyone has a story to tell…and Sex Worker Literati is the place for sex workers to tell theirs! Through spoken word, song, dance, or writing, each person on stage has a chance to lure the listeners into their world – to tantalize, scandalize, and give them a look into the life of a sex worker.

If you’re a current or former sex worker, or you have stories about the sex industry, please consider joining us for an evening as a performer!. The event is held on the first Thursday of each month at the Happy Ending bar in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and is co-hosted by Audacia Ray and David Henry Sterry. While we cannot pay performers, we will shower you with gratitude, offer you a place to sell your books / zines / CD’s, and let you have a drink on us.

Our upcoming themes are:

January 7 - My First Time
February 4 - Love and Pain
March 4
– Show & Tell: My Favorite Outfit
April 1 -
Goddesses, Sinners, and Saviors
May 6
– Embarrassing Things I’ve Done for Money
June 3
– Coming Out & Passing
July 1
- The Craziest Ho I Ever Did Know
August 5
– Why Being a Whore Sucks, and/or Why It’s Great
September 2
– Tricks, Johns, Clients, and Sir Save-A-Hos
October 7
– Healers and Whores
November 4
– Dicks, Cops, & the Long Arm of the Law
December 2
– Family Affairs

Want to see what other performers have done? Check out our channel for ideas and inspiration. Interested in participating? Email with your name, your website, and/or any samples of your work! We especially encourage newer writers and untested performers to inquire – the themes that we’ve developed are intended to inspire sex workers to tell their stories, big or small.

December 3 is Boys’ Night at Sex Worker Literati

Hosted by Audacia Ray and David Henry Sterry
Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge, in New York City
Thursday, December 3. Doors at 7 pm, reading from 8-10
Stick around after the reading to dance and party with hos, hookers, and ne’er do wells!
21 and up – FREE

Sex Worker Literati is a free monthly performance series that features sex workers, former sex workers, and people with stories about the sex industry who will read, monologue, perform, and shimmy their ways into your hearts, minds, and naughty bits.  To get a taste of what the Sex Worker Literati is like, check out: videos of past performances (and subscribe to the video podcast on iTunes or Miro), pictures taken at the event, and be our fan on Facebook.

The December 3 : Boys’ Night performance stars Jeffrey Escoffier, Craig Seymour, Tré Xavier, Twisted Monk, Alex Kinney, and Matthew Lawrence.

Jeffrey Escoffier writes on GLBTQ history, politics, culture, sexuality, music, and dance.  One of the founders of OUT/LOOK: National Lesbian and Gay Quarterly, he has published widely.  Among his books are American Homo: Community and Perversity and a biography of John Maynard Keynes in the Chelsea House series on the Lives of Notable Gay Men and Lesbians.  He co-edited (with Matthew Lore) Mark Morris’ L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato: A Celebration and edited Sexual Revolution, an anthology of writing on sex from the 1960s and 1970s.  He is the author of Bigger Than Life: The History of Gay Porn Cinema from Beefcake to Hardcore, which is the basis for his illustrated presentation at Sex Worker Literati.

Writer and photographer Craig Seymour is the author of the memoir, “All I Could Bare : My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, D.C.” and the photo book “American Boys : A Strip Club Diary“.  He is a former stripper and has been chronicling gay strip clubs for more than a decade.  He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland in College Park, and is Associate Professor of Journalism at Northern Illinois University.

Tré Xavier is an adult entertainment / blogger who in addition to writing about sex, life, and love for his own blog, Tré’s X-Ray Vision, has also written blog entries for Pitbull Production’s ThugPornBlog, and more recognizably, MOC Blog, which he still maintains being a contributing writer for.  His writing skills at expressing vivid pictures and valid points has also gotten his opinions published in a book review for FlavaMen Magazine, and in the feedback section of The Advocate.

Twisted Monk is dubbed “a unicorn” by his friends, because he is so many things that aren’t supposed to exist.  Before launching his bondage rope company, this former Eagle Scout and evangelical missionary was a software cowboy, an actor/stuntman, and a film maker.  Six years ago, Monk’s mother-in-law gave him Midori’s rope bondage book, and a ropemaker was born.  Today, in addition to running the world’s largest bondage rope company, Monk enjoys a career as a sex worker, writer, activist, educator, and entertainer.

Alex Kinney is an old whore who has prostituted himself in the Ivy League, America’s regional theaters, in the Golden Hills of Hollywood, one cold Christmas in Dublin, and more lengthily, the South of the Slot in San Francisco.  Yes, Virginia, there really was a Golden Age of sexuality in San Francisco, and some of us were even getting paid for it.  Actually, a LOT of us were getting paid for it, right, David??  The stuff you get me into, jeez….  Alex’s most recent play, Holy Hell, was developed at The Actors Studio.  Tonight he’s doing a story from a collection in Manhattan’s Midtown West, “Helmut the Maid”.

Matthew Lawrence is a blogger, curator, and pop music enthusiast who lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where indoor prostitution was totally legal until last month.  He’s a news writer for Carnal Nation and blogs about sex and culture at his own site, Mixtapes for Hookers.  Matthew also runs a literary events organization designed to remind people about the awesomeness of libraries, and every Sunday morning he hosts a Top 40 countdown on a community radio station.  Most recently, he has curated an exhibit, “World of Queercraft”, and organized a read-a-thon to raise money for Books for Bars, a prison  book program.

Pay As You Go Redux : Sex Worker Shorts at UnionDocs, Nov 7

Due to the overwhelming success and turn out for the first screening and panel event, Pay As You Go : An Evening of Sex Worker Shorts, we’ve decided to do another night of it!  The Pay As You Go Redux will include new short films and documentaries, with special panel discussions after the screenings with Melissa Ditmore and Melissa Gira Grant, moderated by Audacia Ray.

The Pay As You Go Redux

Saturday, November 7 at 7:30PM – 9PM

Union Docs / 322 Union Ave, Brooklyn NY 11211

Suggested Donation : $7

Buy Tickets in Advance Here

SANGRAM : Sex Work Organizing in India by Audacia Ray & SANGRAM (with support of the International Women’s Health Coalition). USA & India, 2009 (6 minutes)

The Sangli district in the rural south of India has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the country.  This health issue has become the crux of a powerful sex workers movement that has risen up over the past twelve years, in which sex workers have become agitators for change in health systems and policy that affects them on the local, national, and international levels.  VAMP, the sex work organizing project of the non-profit SANGRAM

Taking the Pledge by Melissa Ditmore and Erin Siegal.  USA, 2007 (13 minutes)

“Taking the Pledge” features sex workers from Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Mali, Thailand and discussing the problems created by the ‘anti-prostitution pledge’ required to receive funding for HIV prevention from USAID and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief (PEPFAR).  In English, Khmer, Thai, French, Portuguese and Bengali, with English subtitles.

You Must Know About Me by HOPS and WITNESS.  Macedonia, 2009 (18 minutes)

“You Must Know About Me” features interviews with sex workers from Skopje, focusing on three main themes : Their family lives, the conditions they work under, especially the violence and discrimination they face from police officials as well as some clients, and lastly, the ramifications of a big raid that happened in November of 2008.  Several sex workers were arbitrarily arrested, held in detention overnight, forcibly tested for STDs and, to add insult to injury, unwillingly featured in national media that had been tipped off, and was waiting as they exited the clinic.

In Our Own Image by Madonna Productions. USA, 2009 (19 minutes)

What happens when sex workers become not just the subjects of media gaze, but reporters and publishers of sex trade news?  This documentary short looks at $pread Magazine, an example of sex worker-made media, and discusses its aim to change the way media itself approaches sex work.

Workin Girl Blues by Damien Luxe. USA, 2009 (4 minutes)

An experimental video considering the pluses and minuses of some jobs + a blues song.

Sex Workers (And Proud Of It) by Jean-Michel Carré. France, 2009 (Sel.)

In France since 2003, Nicolas Sarkozy has been in charge of national security.  Meanwhile, women and men are fighting for the rights to rent freely their body in a political context where the market economy allows through the lens of sexual liberation and with hopes for legalization of commercial intimacy.  Stigmatized by moral judgements questioning the relationships of men/women, sexuality and its power, subjects discuss their work and its meaning.


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