Best Sex Writing of the Year features the work of the most clever, critical and important writers, bloggers and activists writing about sex.
Laura Agustín (The Naked Anthropologist at lauraagustin.com) is an authority on undocumented migration and commercial sex. Her book Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry shows how prostitution is isolated as a feminist debate and how moral crusaders use neocolonialist ideas of deviance and crime to repress migration and infantilise women.
Lux Alptraum is a writer, sex educator and consultant specializing in sex technology. Past projects have included gigs as the editor, publisher, and CEO of Fleshbot; a sex educator at an adolescent pregnancy prevention program; an HIV pretest counselor and the founder of ThatStrangeGirl, an alternative porn site, and Boinkology.
Jason Armstrong is the author of the blog Hunting for Sex: Cautionary Tales from the Quest (huntingforsex.blogspot.ca), voted by Kinkly.com as one of the top 100 sex blogs on the net. Jason is currently working on his first book, entitled Gooning: Portrait of a Masturbator.
Dee Dee Behind is a sex worker, mostly. She wrote her piece in a writing class at her fancy Ivy League university. On the last day of class, after workshopping her story to her shocked peers, a fellow classmate approached her in the hallway. “I’m a sex worker, too,” she grinned.
Rachel Kramer Bussel (rachelkramerbussel.com) is the author of Sex & Cupcakes: A Juciy Collection of Essays, sex columnist for Philadelphia City Paper and DAME, teaches erotic writing workshops at colleges, conferences sex toy stores, and online, and has edited over fifty anthologies such as The Big Book of Orgasms.
Lynn Comella, PhD is an Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She writes a regular column on sexuality and culture for Vegas Seven magazine, and is co-editor (with Shira Tarrant) of the book New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law.
Amy Dentata (amydentata.com) is a writer, game designer, and performer whose writing has appeared on Autostraddle and in Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, a resource guide for the trans community and in her self-published chapbook, Bite. She has also spoken about trans issues at colleges across the U.S.
Epiphora (HeyEpiphora.com) has been testing sex toys and writing about them on her blog for seven years. She has been featured in VICE, Playboy XBIZ Premiere magazine, and Tristan Taormino’s The Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation, but her greatest accomplishment is that readers entrust their future orgasms to her.
Lauren Marie Fleming (LaurenMarieFleming.com) is a writer and motivator who believes in radical self-love, mind-blowing sex, and the healing power of writing. Formerly known as Queerie Bradshaw, Lauren is the founder of the Frisky Feminist Collective & Press (FriskyFeminist.com), and creator of the Bawdy Love movement (BawdyLove.com).
Alexandria Goddard has over twenty-five years of combined experience in legal investigations, fraud/risk management investigations and social media analysis. She has appeared on shows such as “Dr. Phil,” “20/20,” “Piers Morgan,” “Democracy Now,” “Jane Velez-Mitchell” and in a multitude of print and web-based articles regarding the Steubenville, Ohio rape case.
Fiona Helmsley’s writing can be found in various anthologies like Ladyland and Air in the Paragraph Line and online at websites like Jezebel, Junk Lit, The Hairpin and The Rumpus. Her book of essays, stories, and poems, My Body Would be the Kindest of Strangers is forthcoming in 2015.
Tina Horn produces and hosts “Why Are People Into That?!”, a podcast that demystifies desire. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her first book, Love Not Given Lightly, is a collection of non-fiction stories about sex workers.
Mitch Kellaway is a trans, queer, biracial writer, and the coeditor of Manning Up, an anthology of personal narratives by trans men. He covers transgender news for Advocate.com and has published with Lambda Literary Review, Everyday Feminism, Huffington Post, and Original Plumbing. He is assistant editor for Transgress Press.
Belle Knox is an award-winning pornography actress and a feminist activist. She has contributed to Time, Rolling Stone, Jezebel, XoJane, Huffington Post, and Forbes on the topics of feminism, sexual freedom, censorship, and libertarianism.
A Women’s Studies student at Duke University and a Students for Liberty Campus Coordinator, Belle has spoken at Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, Lafayette College, and the International Conference on Human Trafficking.
Jiz Lee (JizLee.com) is a queer porn star whose video work spans a decade of more than two hundred projects over three continents. The genderqueer performer is founder of the erotic philanthropic Karma Pervs, and editor of the porn anthology “How to Come Out Like a Porn Star.”
Ashley Manta (AshleyManta.com) is a feminist sexuality educator and writer and author of the e-book, A Feminist’s Guide to Phone Sex (Frisky Feminist Press, 2014). Ashley speaks candidly about living with herpes and has done extensive work to promote acceptance and break the stigma surrounding STIs. She is co-host of sex and relationship podcast Carnalcopia.
Cameryn Moore (camerynmoore.com) is a playwright/performer, free-range writer, accidental educator, and yes, a phone sex operator. Her first play Phone Whore won the award for Best Female Solo show at the 2010 San Francisco Fringe Festival and Critics’ Choice at the 2013 Houston Fringe Festival.
Jarrett Neal earned a BA in English from Northwestern University and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been featured in many publications, both online and in print, including Cold Drank, The Gay and Lesbian Review, Chelsea Station, Q Review, Requited Journal and Off the Rocks.
Nica Noelle is a writer, director and producer of adult films who has created eight studios in the last decade, including Sweetheart Video, Sweet Sinner Films, TransRomantic, Girl Candy Films and gay romance line Icon Male. Her writing regularly appears in The Huffington Post, Salon.com and a variety of other print magazines and newspapers.
Charlie Nox is a (semiretired) dating coach, OKCupid expert, and award winning sex blogger. She specializes in working with people with significant barriers to dating and was voted one of the Top 100 Sex Bloggers of 2012 and one of the Top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2013.
Morgan M. Page (Odofemi.com) is a transsexual performance and video artist, writer, blogger, activist and Santera in Montréal. In 2013, she was the recipient of two SF MOTHA awards (New/Upcoming Artist of the Year and Group Exhibition, TWAT/fest), and she is a 2014 Lambda Literary fellow. Her first novel is forthcoming from Topside Press.
Joan Price (joanprice.com) is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Fifty: How to Maintain—or Regain!—a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life; Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty; and the award-winning Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex.
Cory Silverberg (sexuality.about.com) is a sexuality educator, author and trainer. He received his Masters of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and trains across North America on topics including access and inclusion, sexuality and disability, and sex and technology.
David Henry Sterry (davidhenrysterry.com), author of sixteen books, is a performer and activist. His bestselling memoir Chicken Self: Portrait of a Man for Rent has been translated into a dozen languages. Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys was featured on the cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.
Stoya is an adult performer and writer. She recommends that you refrain from Googling her while at work. Read more of her words at graphicdescriptions.com.
Ember Swift is a Canadian musician, songwriter, performer and writer currently based in Beijing who maintains three popular blogs through her website (emberswift.com) and is an opinion writer for China.org as well as a contributing writer for Herizon’s Magazine, Mami Magazine, Beijing Kids Magazine (and online blog) and InCulture Parent, an online portal for cross-cultural parenting.
Alok Vaid-Menon is a trans/national artist and activist writing and rioting for racial and economic justice. They are currently on tour with DarkMatter, a trans South Asian poetry collaboration, and work with the Audre Lorde Project, a community organizing center for queer people of color. Read more at www.returnthegayze.com.
Mollena Williams is a writer, actress, BDSM Educator and storyteller, author of The Toybag Guide: Taboo Play and coauthor of Playing Well With Others: Your Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities with Lee Harrington. Her essays appear in several anthologies including Tristan Taormino’s The Ultimate Guide to Kinky Sex.
Christopher Zeischegg spent eight years working in the adult film industry as performer, Danny Wylde. He’s been a contributor to The Feminist Porn Book and a variety of online publications, such as Medium and Nerve. His second novel, The Wolves that Live in Skin and Space, will be published in 2015 through Rare Bird Books.