I’m co-hosting an event this November at the Center for Sex and Culture, with David Fitzgerald and Chris Hall — the Godless Perverts Story Hour! And we’ve added two more names to the lineup: M. Christian and Loren Rhoads! (Victor Harris, unfortunately, has had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict.) Advance tickets are now available, on a sliding scale from $10-$20! No-one will be turned away for lack of funds. And yes, I’ll be there: my health is recovering slowly but surely, and unless I have a very unexpected setback, I expect to be well enough to attend.
The Godless Perverts Story Hour is an evening about how to have good sex without having any gods, goddesses, spirits, or their earthly representatives hanging over your shoulder and telling you that you’re doing it wrong. With fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and performances from Maggie Mayhem, Greta Christina, David Fitzgerald, Chris Hall, Dana Fredsti, Anthony O’Con, M. Christian, Loren Rhoads, and Simon Sheppard, we’ll be bringing you depictions, explorations, and celebrations of godless sexualities, as well as critical, mocking, and blasphemous views of sex and religion. The evening’s entertainment will have a range of voices — sexy and serious, passionate and funny, and all of the above — talking about how our sexualities can not only exist, but even thrive, without the supernatural.
We’ve only got one life — what better way to spend it than an evening of sexy godless fun?
DATE: November 17, 2012
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission St, San Francisco, CA (near Civic Center BART)
COST: $10-$20 sliding scale. No-one turned away for lack of funds. Event to benefit the Center for Sex and Culture. Advance tickets are now available!
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M. CHRISTIAN has been published in Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and many more anthologies, magazines, and sites. His short fiction has been collected into books like the Lambda Award finalist Dirty Words and other queer collections like Filthy Boys, BodyWork, and his best-of-his-best gay erotica book, Stroke the Fire. He is also the author of the non-fiction collections Welcome to Weirdsville, Pornotopia, and How To Write And Sell Erotica. As a novelist, M.Christian wrote the queer vamp novels Running Dry and The Very Bloody Marys, and much more. Find out more about the man and his work at www.mchristian.com.
GRETA CHRISTINA has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She is on the speakers bureaus of the Secular Student Alliance and the Center for Inquiry. She is editor of the Best Erotic Comics anthology series, and of Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients. Her writing has appeared in multiple magazines and newspapers, including Ms., Penthouse, Chicago Sun-Times, On Our Backs, Skeptical Inquirer, and numerous anthologies, including Everything You Know About God is Wrong and three volumes of Best American Erotica. Her most recent book is Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless. She lives in San Francisco with her wife, Ingrid. You can email her at greta (at) gretachristina (dot) com, and follow her on Twitter at @GretaChristina.
DAVID FITZGERALD is a writer and historical researcher who has been actively investigating the Historical Jesus question for over ten years. He has a degree in History and was an associate member of CSER, the former Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion. David serves on the boards of San Francisco Atheists and Center For Inquiry-SF, and is founder and director of both the world’s first Atheist Film Festival and Evolutionpalooza, San Francisco’s oldest Darwin Day celebration. He lectures around the country at universities and national secular events and is best known for his popular multimedia presentations “The Ten Thousand Christs and the Evaporating Jesus” and “The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion.” His newest book is “NAILED: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All.”
DANA FREDSTI is an ex B-movie actress with a background in theatrical swordfighting. Through her volunteer work at the Exotic Feline Breeding Facility/Feline Conservation Center, Dana’s had a full-grown leopard sit on her feet, and been kissed by tigers and licked by jaguars. She’s written numerous published articles, essays, short stories, screenplays, and two non-fiction books with Cynthia Gentry. Plague Town, the first in a three-book zombie/paranormal romance series with Titan Books, was released April 2012,with its sequel due out in April 2013, and she has a sequel in the works to her mystery, Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon (Rock Publishing, 2007). She writes erotica under the nom de plume Inara LaVey, and has five stories and three novels published by Ravenous Romance.
CHRIS HALL is a writer and editor living in the hills of Berkeley. He writes regularly on sex, culture, politics and other things at the SFWeekly and has a sparsely-maintained blog called Literate Perversions. You can stalk him by following him on Twitter as @literatepervert.
MISS MAGGIE MAYHEM is a queer porn performer and producer whose roots are in HIV Prevention. Between 2003-2010 she worked as an HIV test counselor, clinic coordinator, grant recipient for field care in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, and HIV Senior Specialist at Larkin Street Youth Services. She has debated porn with Gail Dines at Yale University and choreographs sexy velicoraptor dances for the stage. Her blog is just as likely to depict hardcore XXX content as it is philosophy, theology, futurism, solar design, silent films, and sheer speculation. Her claim to fame was being banned by VISA for sacrilegious use of a rosary. You can find her on the web at MissMaggieMayhem.Com.
ANTHONY O’CON is a Veteran, Poet, Paralegal and Activist with Causa Justa (Just Cause). When not at work on his first Haiku collection inspired by the Haiku of Richard Wright, he is designing his future NGO. He is a proud early supporter of Atheism+ and the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a strong advocate of decentralized power and housing, best exemplified by the Earthship. He is originally from Oakland and lives in South San Francisco.
SIMON SHEPPARD is the damned-to-Hell author and editor of nine books about sex, including Kinkorama, Sodomy!, Homosex, The Dirty Boys’ Club, and the forthcoming Man on Man: The Best of Simon Sheppard. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award and the Erotic Authors Association Award, he’s also published work in over 300 anthologies and periodicals, and he’s the curator and co-host of the notorious Perverts Put Out! performance series.
More performer bios as they come down the pike. Hope to see you there!