Pros(e) Anthology release party December 6th

19 Nov

Pros(e) Issue #1 Literary Journal Release & Celebration of Becoming Writers 

Hosted by Melissa Petro

Happy Ending at 302 Broome Street
between Forsyth and Eldridge, in New York City
Thursday December 6th
Doors at 7pm, event from 8-10pm

21 and up-FREE

Come join us on December 6th as we celebrate the graduates of RedUP’s very first Becoming Writers Workshop. Part one of a two night event (the second night will be January 3, 2013) will feature one half of the graduating class sharing original material conceived in class.

Readings by:

“Dominick” is a Brooklyn-born Italian who spent his twenties as a kept boy. In the wake of his Sugar Daddy’s alcohol-related death, he was left a modest fortune that fueled his own addiction. He started escorting in recovery to reclaim sex work on his own terms, retiring after three years to take a management position in commercial real estate. Dominick now writes for, offering escorts and clients alike advice drawn from his experience. He’s a frequent presence at Red Umbrella Diaries, and has appeared in Dan Savage’s podcast and “Savage Love” column. He’ll appear in the upcoming anthology Johns, Marks, Tricks & Chickenhawks, published by Soft Skull Press.

Essence Revealed is a dual degreed former lap dance engineer of the Gentlemen’s Club scene, New York to Vegas & sweet places in between. Essence Revealed, the solo play premiered at the 2012 DC Back Theater Festival. Her writing has appeared in $pread, Corset Magazine, and 21st Century Burlesque. The burlesque dancer can be seen all over the U.S.A. (solo and with the troupe Brown Girls Burlesque). When not performing, she’s empowering women through Sensual Dance & “Bootytwerkaerobics” workshops.

Veronica Vera chronicled her own sex life and that of New York as a journalist throughout the 1980’s, the decade in which she was a porn star, erotic mode and activist. At the start of the 90’s, she began work on a memoir about what she had learned. At the same time, she began to help men in their own processes of female liberation and instead of just a sideline this work, made transgender history when she founded the world’s first crossdressing academy, Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys who Want to Be Girls and authored two books about her school. Now it is time to finish that original memoir and treat others to a time that will and should never be forgotten, a time when sex was fun and sex was wet, and porn was filled with artists and idealists. Veronica thanks Red Umbrella Project for help in this project. In June 2012, Veronica Vera married Stuart Ira Cottingham. They live happily in NYC.

Performance poet Aimee Herman was recently featured at the LGBT Fresh Fruit Festival. She sews limbs on words to see how far they can stretch. Her work can be read in dead (g)end(er), THRUSH, and Lavender Review. She’s a former sex worker and current sex activist. Aimee edits erotica for Oysters & Chocolate and is a host for the Inspired Word performance series. Find her writing poems on her body in Brooklyn or at

Copies of Red Umbrella’s first ever anthology, PROS(E) will be available for purchase as well.

This event was made possible in part by a grant from Poets & Writers and the New York State Council of the Arts.

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