It’s twice the celebration this month. First, host Lori Perkins welcomes historical romance author Pan Rosenthal—also known as BDSM author Molly Weatherfield—to our reading. Then we’ll swing into full gear, bringing key 2013 Lambda Literary Award finalists to the mic. Namely Kelli Dunham, Stephanie Schroeder, and Mark Corece!
Be sure to bring your favorite dirty word for our Dirty Word Draw and the chance to win prize bags of books, ebooks, and other sundry items!
Doors open at 7 for socializing. Reading starts promptly at 8!
Here’s our line-up:
Pam Rosenthal writes sexy, award-winning historical romances under her own name and literate BDSM erotica as Molly Weatherfield. Her first romance novel, The Bookseller’s Daughter, won the Romantic Times Readers’ Choice Award for Best Sensual Historical of 2004 and is being re-released in e-book form this May 28 Samhain Publishing. Two of its integral characters are lesbians—a rarity in romance and rarer yet when first released in 2004.
Her erotic novel Carrie’s Story (written as Molly Weatherfield) was chosen by Playboy.com as one of “the 25 sexiest novels ever written” and has been in publication since 1995, most recently from Cleis Press and Audible.com. Pam considers her BDSM erotica “sort of equal-opportunity, essentially het, but proudly and profoundly influenced by LGBT culture and community.”
A Brooklyn native who now lives in San Francisco, Pam’s thrilled to be reading her work in New York City. To find out more, hang out with her online at http://pamrosenthal.com, follow @pamrosenthal on Twitter, or like Molly on Facebook at https://facebook.com/MollyWeatherfield.
Kelli Dunham (kellidunham.com) is everyone’s favorite ex-nun genderqueer nerdy nurse comic. Kelli was one of Velvet Park Magazine’s 25 Significant Queer Women of 2011 and was named to the 2012 Campus Pride Hotlist. Kelli was also given the The Fresh Fruit Festival Award for Distinction in stand-up comedy, although Kelli has never before or since been called distinguished. Kelli is a registered nurse and the author of four books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by Sonlight conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. Her fifth book, Freak of Nurture, a collection is humorous essays that none other than lesbian comedy godmother Kate Clinton called “laugh out loud outrageous storytelling” is just our from Topside Press.
Kelli has three comedy CDs to her credit “I am NOT a 12 Year Old Boy” “Almost Pretty” and “Why Is the Fat One Always Angry” all which are on regular rotation on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Rawdog Comedy Station and Pandora’s Margaret Cho Comedy Station.
Kelli was recently the expert on “What Is Normal” in Twist Magazine (known as Tiger Beat’s little sister magazine), on a page facing a full color poster of Justin Beiber. There isn’t even an ironic statement to match that, it’s just strangely true.
Stephanie Schroeder is a lesbian-feminist writer and activist based in Brooklyn. Her work has been anthologized in the queer classic anthology, That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. Her erotic fiction has been collected in Up All Night: Adventures in Lesbian Sex, Hot & Bothered: Short, Short Fiction on Lesbian Desire, volumes 3 & 4, and other collections.
An independent mental illness awareness activist, Schroeder is the author of the transformative memoir Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide. She is currently a Contributing Editor at Curve Magazine. Find out more information about Schroeder’s book at www.beautifulwreck.com and find a sampling of her journalism at www.stephanieschroeder.com.
At Between the Covers, Stephanie will read from her essay, “I Don’t Want to be Part of Your [De]Evolution”, included in the Lambda-nominated anthology Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage.
Mark Corece is a writer, filmmaker, radio personality and media consultant. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Mark is a graduate of DePaul University with a Master of Science in Video Production and Visual Media. Known for his innovative takes on the arts and politics, he has contributed to numerous print and online publications: AfroPunk.com, Gozamos.com, The Daily Voice, Windy City Times and BET.com. Mark provided commentary for media outlets such as WVON 1690 AM (the largest black talk radio station in Chicago), NPR (National Public Radio) and several college radio stations.
In 2011, Corece’s critically acclaimed Freedom of Identity documentary was a mainstay in the indie film festival circuit. He also produced Camille S. DeBose’s documentary Good Hair and Other Dubious Distinctions, which was honored by the Black Harvest Film Festival.
Continuing with his love for film and media, Markis a freelance video editor for BET.com, editing video packages for Denzel Washington’s Flight, Halle Berry’s The Call and Motown: The Musical on Broadway. He is a consultant for ThinkTank Digital, managing social media and serving as a liaison between clients and press outlets. Most notably, Mark spearheaded the promotion of Jada Pinkett Smith’s documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners.
On the panel circuit, Mark spoke at Bronx Community College of New York, NYU and the LGBT Community Center’s Queerlebrity! series. Mark is the co-editor of and contributing writer to Keith Boykin’s anthology For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home.