Shira Tarrant will be reading a surprising excerpt about pornography from her newest book, Men and Feminism (Seal Press). She is also the editor of Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power and author of When Sex Became Gender. Shira is column editor of “The Man Files” at the blog Girl With Pen. She’s published in Bitch, off our backs, and more delicately titled magazines. Her next book is Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style. Shira loves talking about sex, porn, masculinity, modesty, and other ideas with her students at California State University, Long Beach. She has a PhD in Political Science from UCLA. Read more about her work at http://shiratarrant.com/.
Michele Matheson, a Los Angeles native, is the author of Saving Angelfish, published by TinHouse Books and will be reading from Saving Angelfish. She is a recovering child actor, and is somewhat remembered for roles in Mr. Belvedere and Life Goes On. Michele plays in a band called The Black Tales. The EP can be found at Amoeba Records. Her second novel, The Failed Suicide of Cooper Tin, is in progress.
Jessica Pauline is a freelance writer in Los Angeles, a former stripper and a permanent - if sometimes begrudging - feminist. An NYU graduate with a degree in music, her writing on sex and relationships, health and wellness has appeared in various local publications. She is the Health Editor for LAist, and can also be found online at ShadySadie.com. She is currently working on a book about her experiences as a feminist stripper.
Elan is a San Francisco-based performer, writer and lover living in a fantastical pit of hedonist dreams dubbed, "The Glorious Hole." With pleasure, she makes mayhem with several deviant troupes known variously asBangs of Hunger, Mazeltov Cocktail & Heticide.As a solo artist, she works primarily with images, themes and characters extracted from the underbelly of history and folklore. The method massages these ghosts and golems into horrifyingly sensual landscapes populated with contemporary queer longings and musculature.Past projects include "Peri Pascha on the Passover Presents: Museum of anExtinct Race OR On the Jews and Their Lies" and a role as Ursula the SeaWitch as Orpheus in Marc Arthur's, "The UnDead." Currently, Elan is gearing up to direct an experimental Oz-as-end-days themed queer porn.Elan has performed nationally and locally for the ivy-league, in the night-life, and of the seedy, pornographic and practically-regrettable moment. At present, she works a day job as the Lead Madam of the LustyLady.
Stan Kent will be hosting and DJing the evening with music before and after the event and there will be giveaways of Hustler Merchandise and tasty samples of sweet things from the Hustler Cafe. See you there - and remember - as always - there's free parking in the rear of the store at 8920 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, (310) 860-9009.