Rachel Kramer Bussel
Rachel Kramer Bussel lives in New York City. She is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, and a Contributing Editor to Penthouse. She has edited or co-edited over 25 anthologies, including Bottoms Up, Spanked, The Mile High Club, Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories, Tasting Him, Tasting Her, Dirty Girls, Rubber Sex, Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z 1 and 2, Sex and Candy, Yes, Sir, Yes, Ma’am, He’s on Top, She’s on Top, Caught Looking, Hide and Seek, Crossdressing, Ultimate Undies, Sexiest Soles, First-Timers, Lambda Literary Award finalists Up All Night and Glamour Girls: Femme/Femme Erotica, and Best Sex Writing 2008, 2009 and 2010, for which she is Series Editor. 3 of her books were gold winners at the 2009 IPPY (Independent Publisher) Awards: Best Sex Writing 2009 for Sex and Relationships, and a tie between Tasting Him: Oral Sex Stories and Tasting Her: Oral Sex Stories for erotica. Her first novel, Everything But…, will be published by Harlequin’s Spice imprint in November 2010 and her first non-fiction book, The Art of the Erotic Love Letter, will be published by Cleis Press in Fall 2010.
She has written for numerous publications including Alternative Press, Adult Video News, AVN Online, Blacktable.com, Bust, Cleansheets.com, Curve, The Daily Beast, Diva, The Frisky, Girlfriends, Huffington Post, Newsday, New York Post, On Our Backs, Oxygen.com, Playgirl, Punk Planet, Rockrgrl, San Francisco Bay Guardian, The San Francisco Chronicle, Velvetpark, The Village Voice and others.
She wrote the bimonthly Lusty Lady sex column for The Village Voice and was a rotating interviewer at Gothamist.com. Rachel has interviewed dozens of artists, writers and performers, including Jonathan Ames, Susie Bright, Lily Burana, Augusten Burroughs, Ilene Chaiken (The L Word), Clare Crespo, Jessica Coen, Cousin Stevie (of Showtime’s Family Business), Jessica Cutler, Eve Ensler, Charles Gatewood, Nadine Haobsh, Nina Hartley, Murray Hill, Ian Kerner, Lisa Loeb, Mary Lou Lord, Lourds, Michael Musto, Susan Polgar, The Reputation, Dan Savage, Amy Sedaris, Sleater-Kinney, Jill Soloway, John Stossel, Tristan Taormino, Michelle Tea, Guinevere Turner, Jeannette Walls, Gene Wilder, Dr. Victoria Zdrok and many others. Rachel has been quoted in The Boston Herald, Celebrity Living, Kingsport Times-News, Glamour UK, Maxim UK, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Seattle Weekly, Time Out New York, The Globe and Mail, National Post (Canada), The Columbia Spectator, and other publications. Her work has been linked to or cited by publications and blogs such as Gawker, Instapundit, Jossip, Page Six, Queerty and others.
She has hosted and curated In The Flesh Erotic Reading Series since October 2005, held at Happy Ending Lounge, a former massage parlor. The series features erotica as well as special non-fiction nights such as True Sex Confessions, Revenge of the Sex Columnists, Comedic Sex, Erotic Memoir. Authors such as Laura Antoniou, Mo Beasley, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Stephen Elliott, Polly Frost, Gael Greene, Debra Hyde, Maxim Jakubowski, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Edith Layton, M.J. Rose, Susan Shapiro, Danyel Smith, Grant Stoddard, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, Susan Wright and many others have graced the In The Flesh stage. The series has gotten praise from Escape magazine (Hong Kong), New York magazine, Flavorpill, and Dr. Ruth.
As an erotica writer, her work appears in over 100 anthologies (see resume for details) including Best American Erotica 2004, Best Lesbian Erotica 2001, Best Lesbian Erotica 2004, Best Lesbian Erotica 2005, Best of the Best Lesbian Erotica 2, Best Women’s Erotica 2003 and 2004, and Best of the Best Women’s Erotica, as well as numerous online and print publications. She has read her work across the country in venues including Bluestockings, Bowery Poetry Club, Halcyon, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Center, The Living Room, The Lucky Cat, Lucky 13, Makor, McNally Robinson, Meow Mix, Remote Lounge, and Telephone Bar, Toys in Babeland, and at series such as Atomic Reading Series, Cupcake Reading Series, East Side Oral, Happy Ending Reading Series, Heeb Storytelling, Sunday Salon, and WYSIWYG in New York, Lambda Rising in Washington, D.C., Good Vibrations, Modern Times Bookstore and Books, Inc. in San Francisco, Powell’s in Portland, Oregon, Early to Bed and Pleasure Chest in Chicago, and A Different Light in Los Angeles. Rachel has spoken about erotic writing and her career to classes at Rutgers University and The New School. She has appeared on Playboy Radio and the Derek & Romaine Show on SiriusOutQ, as well as the television shows In The Life, Naked New York, and Berman & Berman. She has also performed at the comedy shows Brutal Honesty (Otto’s Shrunken Head), The Rejection Show (Mo Pitkin’s), and Take This Job and Shove it (D-Lounge). She was a panelist at SXSW Interactive 2007 and 2009.
Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and women’s studies from the University of California at Berkeley and has studied at the New York University School of Law.