Cleis Press Blocked Me on Twitter Today

This blog post is a little personal and a little petty, but sometimes that happens. I interned with Cleis Press the summer after I graduated from college (June through August 2014, for those of you following along at home). Working for the biggest and baddest (but also indiest and scrappiest) erotica publishing house in the […]

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Book Review: Best Women’s Erotica 2015

I’m having trouble writing this review of Best Women’s Erotica 2015 because I just want to say, “I masturbated a lot to this book.” As someone who lives and breathes erotica, I rarely find it sexually arousing to the point of needing to release tension. The more erotica you read, the less novelty there is […]

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Why erotica needs feminism: a 127 page thesis in 3 pages

When Fifty Shades of Grey hit the scene, the sex-positive community had an intense conversation about what makes erotica smart, socially conscious, and well-written. There was a push to promote books that depicted BDSM responsibly and to talk about the line between fantasy and education. As a baby erotica writer when E.L. James’s series came […]

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Book Review: Hot Highlanders and Wild Warriors

So here’s a little known fact about me: I really like a good historical romance. Sure, genre romances usually follow a predictable formula and lack complicated character development, but there is something comforting and satisfying about sinking into a huge page-turner full of lush description and sexual tension. Generic historical romances are my cotton candy. […]

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The “Cool Girls” of Penthouse Variations on Oral

Let me start this review with a warning: this post contains vulgar, sexual language of the cringe-inducing variety. Also lots of discussion of sexism. My humorless feminist critic came out in this one. This spring, Cleis Press announced it was teaming up with Penthouse Variations to release a series of erotic anthologies. Edited by the […]

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Blog Tour: The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica

This must be the fall of mind-blowingly erotica. Confession: I spent most of my internship at Cleis Press this summer hoping I would go to work the next morning and discover The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica had arrived in the office. When that day finally came, I was so eager to kneel on the […]

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Wrapped Around Your Finger Blog Tour

(tw: discussion of rape fantasies) I love about Alison Tyler because I always feel like I have learned something after I finish reading one of her books. Without fail, Tyler’s prose picks up my brain and rattles it around. As a relatively vanilla and monogamous twenty-something, my understanding of relationships, sexuality, and submission are always […]

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Bye Bye Berkeley: Sexual harassment, self-esteem, and social media

I move home next week. After two and a half months in the Bay Area I’ll board a plane at SFO direct to JFK and start the next, next chapter of my life. I wanted to write a blog post to acknowledge this, to talk about how important and intense this summer has been, but […]

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Book Review: Flying High, Sexy Stories From The Mile High Club

When I packed Flying High: Sexy Stories From the Mile High Club for my spring break trip to Los Angeles, I appreciated the irony but did not expect much. “How many ways are there to have sex on an airplane?” I thought to myself, looking around my mostly empty direct flight from Hartford’s tiny Bradley […]

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Book Review: Best Women’s Erotica 2014

I find it challenging to review anthologies as opposed to novels because my reactions are always as diverse as the stories themselves. Despite its lack of length, short fiction does not have to be shallow or unsatisfying—in fact, the characters found in Best Women’s Erotica 2014 are original, complex, and fun to root for. The […]

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