December 1 – High and Dry

Hosted by Audacia Ray
Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge, in New York City
Doors at 7 pm, reading from 8-10
21 and up – FREE

15% of the bar tab supports media training for sex workers

Sam Benjamin was a proud member of the adult film industry for five years, following his graduation from Brown University. He directed hundreds of scenes, and met with as many memorable stars. His memoir American Gangbang: A Love Story (Simon and Schuster), hit stores in October 2011.

Mollena (Mo) Williams, “Delicate, Trembling Flower of Submission” © is
a NYC born and raised writer, Leatherwoman, actress, BDSM Educator,
fat fetish model and Executive Pervert. In the Kink and Leather communities, she identifies as a power slave who submits to only one. She is extremely honored to have served as International Ms Leather 2010 and  Ms. San Francisco Leather 2009 Active in the Leather and BDSM communities since 1996, she keeps it real all over the US, Europe and Canada on myriad BDSM, Leather and kinkcentric topics.A founding member of Crowded Fire Theater Company, she blogs on The Perverted Negress: http://mollena.com. Mo is authot of “The Toybag Gude: Taboo Play” and of the essay “BDSM and Playing with Race” which appears in Best Sex Writing 2010, has two essays appearing in Tristan Taormino’s Ultimate Guide to Kinky Sex and is co-author, along with Lee
Harrington of the upcoming book Playing Well With Others.

Anne Hanavan moved to NYC in 1985.  She started off striping 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, her  experiences of  street walking, tricking, rape, robberies, jail, and the many people she interacted with along the way.

Nicole (Nikki) Krempasky is a small town Ohio turnip turned Brooklyn-based activist and Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health.  After a colorful upbringing and too long in the midwest, she relocated to NYC to find more of the stuff that her dreams were made on and that her life is. She now works as a healthcare provider in harm reduction and reproductive health settings.  She is an active member of SWOP-NYC (Sex Workers Outreach Project), PROS (Providers and Resources Offering Services to sex workers) Network, National Abortion Federation, Clinicians for Choice, and co-hosts a feminist and pro-choice radio program called Voices and Choices.

L. Synn Stern has worked with New York City’s syringe exchange programs since their pre-legal days in the 1980s.  She owes her start as a health care professional to the AIDS crisis which made street youth like her desirable for particularly those skills which one previously hid from an employer: how to inject, how to sneak condoms on, how to sell sex to strangers (and get out of their cars paid and alive).  She is the author of Tricks of the Trade, a much translated and widely used collection of health and safety tips for street sex workers and the agencies that serve them.  She has earned both a Masters in Public Health from Hunter College and an Aphrodite Award from Annie Sprinkle.  She currently works as a Registered Nurse and Health Services Coordinator at Washington Heights CORNER Project, a NYC-based syringe exchange program.

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