Sex Still Spoken Here: The Erotic Reading Circle Anthology!

Help us to bring Sex Still Spoken Here, the second anthology from the Center for Sex and Culture's Erotic Reading Circle, into the world!
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Jen Cross
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San Francisco, California
United States
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Announcing a Stretch Goal

We hit our target of $5000! Any additional funds raised between now and the close of the campaign at midnight tonight will go entirely to fund the authors (over and above the monies we've already raised for their author's fees). So keep giving. It'll directly support folks who write you this sexy stuff.


Short Summary

At the Erotic Reading Circle, held at San Francisco's Center for Sex and Culture, writers have gathered every week since 2006 to share stories of desire and longing in a supportive and fun community setting. In this space, writing that tangles with the joys and complexities of sex is celebrated rather than dismissed as "easy" or worthy of less respect than other genres or topics.  We believe that there should be more erotic writing in the world, not less, so that readers have access to a wider, more realistic, more human array of erotic expression -- and to this end, we asked Erotic Reading Circle participants to share with us contributions to a new anthology, entitled Sex Still Spoken Here (in honor of the first Erotic Reading Circle anthology, Sex Spoken Here, published in 1997 by Down There Press). And now we need your help to get Sex Still Spoken Here into the hands of readers!

  • The book includes writing from 27 writers, a conversation among the editors about the history of the Erotic Reading Circle and the use of sex-positive writing spaces for new and developed erotic writers, and a how-to guide for those who want to bring an Erotic Reading Circle to their own communities!
  • Contributors include Sinclair Sexsmith, horehound stillpoint, Seeley Quest, Simone Corday, Jeff Jacobson, Avery Cassell, Dorothy Freed, Scott Bentley, C.J. Schneider, Anáin Bjorquist, Christine Solano, Lilycat, Jack Fritscher, Norman Armstrong, Holly Zwalf and more!
  • Editors are Dr. Carol Queen (Erotic Reading Circle co-facilitator and founder of the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco), Jen Cross (Erotic Reading Circle co-facilitator and founder of Writing Ourselves Whole in Oakland) and Amy Butcher (Erotic Reading Circle participant and author of Paws for Consideration).

What We Need & What You Get

  • Our goal is to raise $5000 for printing costs and author fees
  • Your donations will get you, first and foremost, the undying appreciation and adoration from SSSH's editors and authors! We will tweet or facebook your name for the world to see! You will be supporting the power of erotic expression and community! You could also receive copies of the anthology (e-book or print), or bread that's been handmade lovingly by our editor Jen Cross, or even your own private erotic reading in your own home!
  • If we *don't* make the full $5000, we will pay the authors first!
  • How does it breakdown? The money donated will go in this order: 1/3 to the authors, 1/3 to production, 1/3 to support the fledgling publishing venture Center for Sex & Culture Press. See more details here:


The Impact

  • When you donate, you support this mission and help us get these writers' words in front of readers who need them!
  • Every month, the Center for Sex and Culture's Erotic Reading Circle is packed with gorgeously dirty words, generous community, and writing that deepens our understanding of the word "erotic." 
  • You'll give others the courage and know-how to start their own Erotic Reading Circles in their home towns by using the bonus section of the book that describes how to run an Erotic Reading Circle.

Risks & Challenges

  • We are a small team of volunteers -- yet another reason that we are so grateful for your support and help in increasing the reach of this campaign!
  • We might encounter misunderstanding or backlash against this project's erotic content -- should that happen here on indiegogo, we will be in touch with all contributors and supporters to let you know where the campaign has moved!

Other Ways You Can Help

Please help us to spread the word about the Erotic Reading Circle's Anthology and this campaign!

  • Honestly: Every dollar helps -- if you've got a buck to spare, we would love to adore you publicly on social media!
  • Tweet or Facebook the campaign link to your friends and communities!
  • And don't forget that you can use the Indiegogo share tools!
  • Know that we are already thanking you from the bottoms of our writerly hearts!


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$5,223USD
raised by 123 people in 1 month
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This campaign ended on August 1, 2014
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  • $1USD
    A KISS

    Give us a $1 peck on the cheek and we’ll return the favor with a public thank you on Facebook.

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  • $7USD
    YOU’RE READING WHAT?

    Ever wonder why the person next to you on the public transport is so engrossed in their eReader? Get your eBook copy of Sex Still Spoken Here and you too can improve your commute (one digital copy of the eBook only).

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $20USD
    FEEL ME UP

    Sometimes, you will just want to rub/lick/tickle the pages of these amazing dirty stories for yourself. Paperback version of Sex Still Spoken Here (add $5 if mailed rather than picked up at CSC).

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  • $30USD
    OPEN ME UP

    You like all channels of communication--paperback and the eBook will be yours (add $5 if mailed rather than picked up at the CSC)

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  • $50USD
    GIVE ME MORE

    Like the Tom’s shoe model, you buy one/give one – buy one hardcopy and we will give one to a library, college or prison of your choosing.

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  • $66USD
    HOBBY LOBBY SPECIAL

    Buy 1 for yourself and we'll not only give 1 copy to a library but we'll also have a copy hand-delivered to Hobby Lobby headquarters in North Carolina and snap a photo. So be devilish!

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  • $75USD
    I WANT TO TASTE IT

    Get your very own loaf of Jen’s Bawdy Bread – a loaf of homemade bread baked by our very own editor Jen Cross and includes a handwritten writing prompt along with your paperback copy of Sex Still Spoken Here.

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  • $75USD
    SHOW IT OFF

    a custom kinky calling card from our graphic designer/illustrator/editor Amy Butcher. Sometimes you are out and about in places where you want to leave your "mark" so to speak. It's hardly the time to pull out a business card from your day job. You need a memorable kinky card with your pseudonym and an image they can remember you by.

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  • $100USD
    I WANT TO SEE IT

    Sometimes, we just need to get visual. Limited edition poster size print of the cover signed by the editors and illustrator along with an eBook copy.

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  • $125USD
    JUST FOR ME

    A custom 1000 word erotic story from editor/writer Jen Cross. You give her some story ideas and she'll craft one just for you.

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  • $169USD
    I DO IT IN A GROUP

    Get you very own Erotic Reading starter kit: 10 paperback copies of Sex Still Spoken here for your own circle plus we skype in and join you!

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  • $200USD
    BEDTIME STORIES

    One of our amazing 27 authors has offered to do a skype session in which they read you their story. This can be live or recorded. To add a little mystery, we're keeping the authors identity secret but believe me, theirs is a hot story!

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  • $250USD
    WRITE OUT LOUD

    a personal skype writing/coaching session with Jen Cross. Feeling stuck in your writing? Good at the regular writing but not sure how to move into erotica? Jen has been running transformative writing workshops for over 10 years through her organization Writing Ourselves Whole. She can heat up your words, inspire authentic expression, and help you find your voice on the page.

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  • $500USD
    WE DO IT IN A GROUP

    Erotic Reading Circle deluxe starter kit: 10 paperback copies of Sex Still Spoken here for your own circle plus we join your circle in person! (travel costs additional outside the Bay Area)

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  • $2,000USD
    I NEED A DOCTOR!

    Dr.’s Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence, founders of the Center for Sex and Culture, will come to your home and read you a bed-time story, leaving behind a signed copy and indelible memories* (bay area or + travel/accommodations) *sexiness (but not sex) is included :)

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