Rachel Kramer Bussel - Instructor
Rachel Kramer Bussel is a New Jersey-based author, editor, blogger and event organizer. She has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Alternative Press, DAME, CNN.com, The Daily Beast, Elle.com, The Fix, The Frisky, Glamour, Gothamist, The Hairpin, Harper's Bazaar, Huffington Post, Inked, Jezebel, Lemondrop, Mediabistro, The Nervous Breakdown, New York Post, New York Observer, New York Press, Refinery29, Role Reboot, The Root, Salon, Slate, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, The Weeklings, xoJane and Zink. She has edited 50+ anthologies for Alyson Books, Avon Red, Cleis Press, Pretty Things Press, Ravenous Romance and Seal Press, including Hungry for You, The Big Book of Submission, The Big Book of Orgasms, Cheeky Spanking Stories, Anything for You: Erotica for Kinky Couples, Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women's Erotica, Suite Encounters: Hotel Sex Stories, Please, Sir, Please, Ma'am, Women in Lust, Orgasmic, Fast Girls, Passion, Obsessed, Bottoms Up, Spanked, Crossdressing, Tasting Him, Tasting Her, Gotta Have It, Best Bondage Erotica 2011-2014, Best Sex Writing 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013, and eight of her anthologies have won IPPY (Independent Publisher) Awards for Erotica and Sexuality/Relationships. She has contributed to over 100 anthologies, including Susie Bright's Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006 and X: The Erotic Treasury, as well as The Sexual State of the Union and Yes Means Yes. In October 2014, Thought Catalog released a collection of her non-fiction writing, Sex and Cupcakes: A Juicy Collection of Essays.
Rachel conducts reading and erotic writing workshops worldwide at colleges, conferences and sex toy stores, including UPenn, Northwestern and SUNY Purchase, as well as events in Austin, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, Portland (Maine), Portland (Oregon), Seattle, Toronto, Washington, DC and elsewhere. She has presented, spoken and taught at conferences including AWP, Backspace Writers Association, BDSM Writers Con, CatalystCon, Dark Odyssey, Erotic Authors Association, Sex 2.0, and SXSW. For five years, she hosted In The Flesh Erotic Reading Series in New York City, which featured 300 readers. Rachel holds a bachelor's degree in political science and women's studies from the University of California at Berkeley.