Essays

Pitch Your Story

Residence 11 is looking for original essays that fall under our categories of coverage (if you’re unfamiliar, read some articles on the site first). A good pitch will include in brief: your proposed topic, how you plan to write it, and a sentence or two about yourself. Links to your other stories are always worth including as well. Please keep your initial submission 500 words or less.

Fiction

Submit Your Writing For Publication

Residence 11 is looking for short fiction in the categories of romance, erotica, or personal essays that contain narratives related to the topics we cover on the site (if you’re unfamiliar, spend some time reading through our catalog first). A good submission should be in the range of 140 to 250 words, and should be otherwise unpublished. It’s okay if you’re submitting it to other periodicals simultaneously, just make sure to stipulate that in the submission. Please keep your initial submission 500 words or less. We can link to a longer work in the post!

R11 Contributors

Joan Price

Joan Price (www.joanprice.com) calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She is the author of the Ultimate Guide to Sex After 50: How to Maintain–or Regain!–a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life; the award-winning self-help book, Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex; and the sexy memoir, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty. At age 78, Joan continues to talk out loud about senior sex—partnered or solo—in speeches, workshops, and webinars, and on her zesty blog about sex and aging, www.NakedAtOurAge.com, where she has been offering senior sex news, views, and sex toy reviews since 2005.

Ricky Tucker

Ricky Tucker is a North Carolina native, a storyteller, an educator, a lead creative, and an art critic. His work explores the imprints of art and memory on narrative, and the absurdity of most fleeting moments. He has written for the Paris Review, the Tenth Magazine, and Public Seminar, among others, and has performed for reading series including the Moth Grand SLAM, Sister Spit, Born: Free, and Spark London. In 2017, he was chosen as a Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Fellow for creative nonfiction.

Rachel Krantz

Rachel Krantz is a journalist and one of the founding editors of Bustle, where she served as senior features editor for three years. Her work has been featured on NPR, the Guardian, Vox, Vice, and many other outlets. She’s the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Radio Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Peabody Award for her work as an investigative reporter with YR Media.

Gary John Bishop

Gary John Bishop is the author of New York Times best-seller, Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life, which offers a refreshing, BS-free, self-empowerment guide that offers an honest, no-nonsense, tough-love approach to help you move past self-imposed limitations. His follow up book entitled, Stop Doing That Sh*t is a no-holds-barred guide to breaking through your cycles of self-sabotage and finally getting what you want out of life. His book Wise as Fu*k: Simple Truths to Guide You Through the Sh*tstorms of Life debuted on October 13, 2020, and expands on his ideas, redefining what it means to be wise and showing how to tackle problems and improve our lives and those of others. His latest book is Love Unf*cked: Get Your Relationship Sh!t Together.

Julie Peters

Julie Peters is a yoga teacher, writer, and yoga studio owner in Vancouver, BC. She has been practicing yoga and other forms of movement and mindfulness for over 20 years. Her first book, Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses: Meditations on Desire, Relationships, and the Art of Being Broken (SkyLight Paths 2016) explored a set of Tantric moon goddesses who invite us to think about the messier aspects of life, including desire, anger, loneliness, and heartbreak. Julie has an MA in English Literature from McGill University. Her essay, “Why Lying Broken in a Pile on Your Bedroom Floor is a Good Idea,” went viral, with 504,641 views and 25,033 shares on Facebook in 2017 alone and counting. Also a spoken word poet, Julie has twice represented Vancouver in the Women of the World Poetry Slam and was a part of the Vancouver Poetry Slam Team. She frequently collaborates with dance artist Olivia C. Davies on poetry and dance projects exploring themes of love, connection, heartbreak, and the stories that live in our bodies.

Jessica P. Pryde

Jessica Pryde is a Contributing Editor for Book Riot, where she is the co-host of the When In Romance podcast and writes about bookish things of all kinds. Having earned an AB in the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis and her MLIS at San Jose State University, she is now a librarian for a public library system in Southern Arizona, where she lives with her husband and an ever-growing collection of Funko!Pops. Black Love Matters is her first book.

Catherine Baab-Muguira

Catherine Baab-Muguira was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She studied English literature as an undergraduate at the University of South Carolina, and earned an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she taught under the direction of Brian Boyd, Nabokov’s biographer. In 2004, she was a fellow at Bucknell University’s Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, and in 2005, an International Fellow at Ngee Ann Polytechnic of Singapore. She has lived and traveled all over the world, including a two-year stint in Surfers Paradise, Australia, where owing to a deathly fear of sharks, she went surfing a grand total of three times. Now an advertising copywriter and freelance journalist, Catherine has contributed to, among others, Slate, Quartz, CNBC, and NBC News, and has appeared on NPR and a host of podcasts. Her first book grew out of a popular series of articles on Edgar Allan Poe that she wrote for The Millions. She lives in Richmond with her husband and son.

Abbe Aronson

Following a long career in journalism, Abbe Aronson launched the eponymously named Abbe Does It in 2010, an editorially focused PR firm that offers public relations and marketing, event planning, image and design consulting, fundraising and “artful schmoozing” business connections. Abbe has co-authored four books and is working on a memoir about “miraculous middle age.” She is based in Woodstock, NY and Astoria, Queens.

Christina C. Jones

Christina C. Jones is a best-selling romance novelist and digital media creator. A timeless storyteller, she is lauded by readers for her ability to seamlessly weave the complexities of modern life into captivating tales of black romance. As an author, Christina’s work has been featured in various media outlets such as Oprah Mag and Shondaland.com and she is the winner of numerous community awards. In addition to her full-time writing career, she co founded Girl, Have You Read – a popular digital platform that amplifies black romance authors and their stories. A former graphic designer, Christina has a passion for making things beautiful and can usually be found crafting and cooking in her spare time. She currently lives in Arkansas with her husband and their two children.

Yael Wolfe

Yael Wolfe is a writer, artist, and photographer who uses her work to explore what it's like to be a woman in this world.

Tracey Cox

Tracey Cox is the author of 16 worldwide bestselling books about sex and relationships. She writes for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including Glamour, Maxim, and MailOnline. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN, and The Today Show. She has given generations of women sex advice and, post-50 herself, she's in a prime position to write about this topic. Photo by John Scott.

Erin McLellan

Erin McLellan is the author of the Farm College, So Over the Holidays, and Storm Chasers series. Originally from Oklahoma, she currently lives in Alaska and spends her time dreaming up queer contemporary romances that are earthy, emotional, humorous, and very sexy. She is a lover of chocolate, college sports, antiquing, gardening, Dr Pepper, and binge-worthy TV shows.

Allison Moon

Allison Moon is the author of five books including the critically acclaimed sexual education guide Girl Sex 101, Getting It: A Guide to Hot, Healthy Hookups and Shame-Free Sex, and the erotic memoir Bad Dyke. Allison is a popular sex educator, leading workshops on sexual pleasure and technique, polyamory, LGBTQ+ issues, and more. She has been quoted in Cosmopolitan, New York magazine, and The Washington Post. Allison has presented her workshops — on strap-on sex, polyamory, sexual self-expression, erotica writing, and more — to thousands of people around the US and Canada. Read the first 2 chapters of Girl Sex 101 free by signing up at GirlSex101.com

Kate Loree

Kate Loree, LMFT, is a sex-positive licensed marriage and family therapist with a specialty in non-monogamous, kink, LGBTQ, and sex worker communities. In addition to her master’s in marriage and family therapy, she also has an MBA and is a registered art therapist (ATR). She is an EDSE certified sex educator and an EMDR certified therapist with additional training in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) for the treatment of trauma. She has been practicing psychotherapy since 2003. She cohosts her own sex-positive podcast, Open Deeply, with Sunny Megatron, has been featured in Buzzfeed videos, and has been a guest on Playboy Radio and many podcasts, including American Sex, Sluts and Scholars, and Sex Nerd Sandra. She has written for Good Vibrations and Hollywood Magazine and is a frequent public speaker. Her private practice resides in Encino, CA. For more information, please visit her on the web at KateLoree.com.

S.E. Winters

S.E. Winters is a glamour model, lap dancer, and dominatrix, turned Psychotherapist. She is a keen writer and author of the new autobiographical novel, How much for a happy ending? - From domestic abuse survivor to dominatrix, to sex therapist and everything in between! Sinead Winters was born in the north of England, and enjoys watching scary, jump-out-of-your-skin films and reading non-fiction books about fascinating folk. She has kept a personal journal from a young age, which prompted the tale-telling of many of the entertaining events detailed in her book. She has two feral children, one very patient and tolerant husband, and one dog who dreams of a quiet life with a normal family. Ms.Winters' hobbies definitely do not include crocheting tea cosies, feeding pigeons on park benches, or attending Women's Institute meetings; although she does wear too much rouge on occasion, and may or may not have a malnourished and over-worked sex slave hidden in the cellar.

Xanet Pailet

Xanet Pailet is a recovered New York City health care lawyer who lived in a sexless marriage for over two decades. After experiencing her own sexual healing and awakening in 2011, she transitioned her career into a full time sex and intimacy coach, writer, blogger, and teacher. She works with individuals and couples to empower them around their sexuality and strengthen relationship and intimacy skills. Xanet is particularly passionate about working with women, men and couples who are sexually disconnected. Through her work, and the many tools that she offers, she helps them reclaim their pleasure and transform their relationships and their lives. Xanet is a certified Somatica Sex and Intimacy Coach, Sexological Body Worker, Holistic Pelvic Care Practitioner, and Tantra Educator. She is on the faculty of the Ecstatic Living Institute and the Somatica Institute and teaches regularly at Good Vibrations in San Francisco. She offers 1:1 coaching via Skype or in person in the Bay Area. She also offers online group coaching programs and speaks regularly at national and local conferences and events. She lives in beautiful and serene Marin County, CA.

Nichole Perkins

Nichole Perkins is a writer from Nashville, Tennessee. She examines the intersections of pop culture, race, sex, gender, and relationships. Nichole is a 2017 Audre Lorde Fellow at the inaugural Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat and a 2017 BuzzFeed Emerging Writers Fellow. She is also a 2016 Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow for poetry. She hosts “This Is Good For You,” a podcast that highlights the pleasures of life, formerly co-hosted “Thirst Aid Kit,” a podcast about pop culture and desire, with Bim Adewunmi, a producer at "This American Life," and was also a co-host of  “The Waves” podcast at Slate, which looked at news and culture through a feminist lens. Her first collection of poetry, Lilith, but Dark, was published by Publishing Genius in July 2018.

Lynn Brown Rosenberg

Lynn Brown Rosenberg has written articles for Salon, The Sunday Times of London, The Los Angeles Jewish Journal, Kveller and The Forward. She spoke at the MENSA Annual Gathering in San Diego, California, and is currently at work on her fourth crime novel. Prior to writing books, she wrote screenplays. In another life, Lynn was a professional pianist, vocalist and songwriter. Writing is her passion and her joy.

Ashleigh Renard

As a figure skating coach and choreographer, Ashleigh Renard spent two decades building trust and fostering teamwork, growing her synchronized skating organization to one of the biggest in the world. Now she offers support and encouragement to millions of couples every week. Through her newsletter, her videos, and her book, she shows up daily with fresh, no-fuss advice on everything from keeping monogamy hot, to renegotiating a marriage, to getting kids to clean the house (because nothing makes her prouder than child labor). As the co-host of The Writers’ Bridge bi-weekly platform Q&A, she brings her encouragement and inspiration to anyone looking to build a bridge to their audience, without selling their soul to social media. Her own story of rehabbing a shabby marriage, SWING – A Memoir of Doing it All, has been called “the sexiest, funniest, most deeply felt memoir you will read this year,” by Andromeda Romano-Lax, author of Annie and the Wolves.

Stella Harris

Stella Harris is a certified intimacy educator, coach, and mediator, who uses a variety of tools to guide and empower her clients and she teaches everything from pleasure anatomy, to communication skills, to kink and BDSM. Stella has appeared at conferences across the US and Canada, and regularly provides workshops and guest lectures to colleges and universities. Stella’s writing has appeared widely, including a weekly sex advice column in her local paper. Media highlights include speaking as an expert on Banana Slug sex and appearing on the evening news discussing the importance of sex education in schools. Stella is the author of two books, Tongue Tied: Untangling Communication in Sex, Kink, and Relationships, and The Ultimate Guide to Threesomes. Learn more at www.stellaharris.net or follow @stellaharriserotica on Instagram.

Zoe Mendelson

Zoe Mendelson is a journalist, information designer, and content strategist. Her writing has appeared in Fast Company, WIRED, Hyperallergic, Slate, Next City, the LA Times. Her projects have been covered by The New York Times en Español, New York Magazine, CityLab, PBS, Univision, and Buzzfeed. Previous projects include official emojis for Mexico City, a data narrative about drones, and a civic-engagement platform for nihilist millennials. Mendelson studied at Barnard College in New York City.

Kerry Cohen

Kerry Cohen is a doctor of clinical psychology and works as a licensed therapist in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of the memoirs Loose Girl, Seeing Ezra, and GirlTrouble. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and Washington Post, and she has been a guest on the Today Show and Good Morning America. Her story was also featured on WE Network as part of the documentary The Secret Lives of Women.

Carolyn Lee Arnold

Carolyn Lee Arnold drew upon her 30 years as a social science researcher and 10 years as a relationship workshop assistant to create the dating project in “Fifty First Dates after Fifty.” A native Californian from Los Angeles with a New England education, Arnold found her true home in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she prepared for dating and life by attending spiritual ceremonies, working in free clinics, leading women’s backpacking trips, hiking the local green hills, identifying as a lesbian-feminist in the 1970s and ’80s, and earning graduate degrees in women’s studies, statistics and educational research. “Fifty First Dates after Fifty” is her first book, and excerpts have been published in Persimmon Tree, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, and the Human Awareness Institute’s Enlighten Journal. An excerpt from her second memoir, about her lesbian-feminist years, has been published in Noyo River Review. Still a feminist, she lives in the Bay Area with her partner — one of her 50 dates. For more information, including dating resources, visit carolynleearnold.com.

Wendy M. Troxel, Ph.D.

Wendy M. Troxel, Ph.D., is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation and Adjunct faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Utah. She is an internationally recognized sleep expert whose work is regularly cited by the media, including CNN, NY Times, WSJ, the BBC, and ABC News, as well as top-tier medical journals. She is author of the recently released book “Sharing the Covers: Every Couple’s Guide to Better Sleep” in which she shares her extensive research and clinical experience on the importance of healthy sleep for healthy relationships. Dr. Troxel is also a leading authority on the impact of early school start times on adolescent sleep. Her TEDx talk, “Why School Should Start Later for Teens, has over 2.1 million views, and is at the forefront of national and international conversations concerning this topic. Dr. Troxel’s mission is to help people understand the power of sleep to support health, well-being, productivity, and relationships.

Laura Zam

Laura Zam is an award-winning writer, speaker, and sexual health coach. She's the author of the memoir The Pleasure Plan: One Woman's Search for Sexual Healing. Other writing appears in The New York Times, Salon, SheKnows, and many other publications. Find her at LauraZam.com.

Sabrina Benaim

Sabrina Benaim is a poet, storyteller, and workshop facilitator. She is one of the most-viewed spoken word poets of all time: her videos have reached more than one hundred million people. In 2017, her debut collection, Depression & Other Magic Tricks, was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist, finishing just behind Rupi Kaur's The Sun and Her Flowers. In 2020, she took part in the Heavy Hitters Festival alongside Ani DiFranco, Amber Tamblyn, and Mary Lambert. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Edgar Gerrard Hughes

Edgar Gerrard Hughes is a researcher at the Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions in London and the author of How Do You Feel? (Princeton Architectural Press, 2021). He has a PhD in the politics of grief in nineteenth-century Britain. He lives in London.

Leah Carey

Leah Carey is a sex and intimacy coach and host of the podcast Good Girls Talk About Sex, where she hosts deep conversations with everyday women about their experience of sex and female sexuality. As a coach, Leah works with people eager to explore new avenues of their sexuality and fulfill their greatest desires, like: diving back into the dating pool after a long time away, having first-time queer experiences, investigating consensual non-monogamy, or learning how to communicate about kink. Leah's superpower is radical empathy. When you work with her, she will reflect your true sexual nature back to you without judgment, so you can see yourself without shame.

Elle Beau

Elle Beau writes on Medium about sex, life, relationships, society, anthropology, spirituality, and love.

James Finn

James Finn is a long-time LGBTQ activist, an alumnus of Act Up NYC, an essayist occasionally published in queer news outlets, and an “agented” novelist. Send questions, comments, and story ideas to jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com.

Winifred J. Akpobi

Med student, activist. Motto: creativity yields success.  Email: winifredakpobi@gmail.com (History/True Crime/Feminism/Humor/Business)

Benjamin Davis

Benjamin Davis is an American ex-fintech journalist living somewhere outside of America. He writes historical fiction for middle school textbooks by day. He is a managing editor of Sexography and writes the “Locker Room Talk” column for Lustery POV by night.

Eva Rotolo

Eva Rotolo is a sexuality and erotica writer. Collabs: evarotolo222@gmail.com https://twitter.com/rotolo_eva

Katrina Jackson

Katrina Jackson is a self-published author of erotica, erotic romance, and historical fiction with lots of Black love, queer characters, and racially diverse casts. She writes high heat, emotional stories and believes that it’s time for 70s disco to make a resurgence.

Rose Caraway

Rose Caraway is a native Northern California writer, editor, audiobook narrator, and podcaster for the #1 Erotica show in iTunes and Spotify The Kiss Me Quick’s Erotica Podcast. She freely celebrates all things erotic with her wonderful husband and Lurid Listeners and is fondly known as “The Sexy Librarian.” Rose’s writings have prominently showcased her sex-positive approach to life, as well as shown her commitment to both feminism and masculinism. She believes that people of all genders and orientations should be considered complementary and interdependent and are necessary for a genuinely healthy and functional society.

Heather Corinna

Heather Corinna is a dedicated queer and gender nonconforming feminist activist, author, educator, artist, teacher, organizer and innovator. They are the founder and director of Scarleteen (www.scarleteen.com), the first inclusive and comprehensive sex, sexuality and relationships education online clearinghouse for young people, founded in 1998. Heather is the author of S.E.X: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties, now in its second edition, Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies and Growing Up with Isabella Rotman, and was a contributing editor for the last edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves. Their award-winning work in sex and health education has received acclaim from The Woodhull Foundation, Ms. Magazine, BUST, Bitch, On Our Backs, The New York Times, The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the ACLU, and has appeared in publications ranging from Teen Vogue to Rewire News Group to The Guardian. Heather is navigating middle age with as much grace as they can muster (spoiler: not much), and currently lives and works in their hometown of Chicago.

Jack Harbon

Jack Harbon is your typical, twenty-something writing stories much more interesting than his real life. If he’s not writing, he’s either reading domestic thrillers about women in peril, watching trashy reality TV shows, or playing The Sims. Purchase and get more information about his books at PayHip: https://payhip.com/JackHarbonBooks

Meka James

Meka James is a writer of adult contemporary and erotic romance. A born and raised Georgia Peach, she still resides in the southern state with her hubby of 16 years and counting. Mom to four kids of the two legged variety, she also has four fur-babies of the canine variety. Leo the turtle and Spade the snake rounds out her wacky household. When not writing or reading, Meka can be found playing The Sims 3, sometimes Sims 4, and making up fun stories to go with the pixelated people whose world she controls.

Fickle Finger of Fate

The Fickle Finger of Fate is a non-aligned collective of Old-Tim fortune tellers that has been meeting regularly in Sussex woodlands for 15 years.

Maggie Cummings

Maggie Cummings lives in Staten Island, New York, with her wife and their two children. She has degrees in English, theater, and criminal justice. She works in law enforcement in the NYC metropolitan area. Totally Worth It is her first novel.

Joey Hulin

Joey Hulin is a writer, meditation teacher and poet based in Cornwall, UK. She has dedicated the last decade to her own spiritual growth by living and embodying the teachings she shares. She is founder of wellness company Horizon Inspired, offering down to earth, soulful wellbeing retreats and meditations worldwide.

Reenie Raschke

Reenie Raschke is an observer of light and shade in every aspect of her life. Owner/operator of a photography studio in the Oakland Hills, she’s been documenting for over twenty years. She created a pictorial coffee-table book for her beloved village in 2013, and is currently working on “The Goddess Project,” highlighting women of political change. Reenie is a Bay Area native and California historian, contributing to several Oakland publications. Her two children and two stepchildren are grown and nearby. She lives in the Oakland Hills with several chickens, cats, and her puppy, Tucker.

Katie Martin

Katie Martin is an award-winning and internationally known wedding and event designer, speaker, and author. She is the founder of the wedding planning and design firm, Elegance & Simplicity, where she has planned, coordinated, and designed weddings and other large events in more than twenty countries and several destination cities throughout the US. She was founder and Editor-in-Chief of EcoBeautiful Weddings, the first and only online and on-demand print magazine focusing on sustainable weddings. As seen on CNN, NBC, and CBS as well as in The Washington Post and other newspapers, magazines, and blogs, she is internationally recognized as the number one expert in sustainable and eco-friendly events. Katie is the author of The Everything Wedding Book, The Everything Mother of the Bride Guide, and The Mother of the Bride Guide, as well as and countless print and online articles.

Molly Burford

Molly Burford writes about relationships, emotional intelligence, and authentic living. Her writing has appeared in Allure, Teen Vogue, and Thought Catalog, among others. She is the author of The No Worries Workbook; Say Yes to Yourself; and DIY Bucket List. Molly was born, raised, and still resides in Detroit, Michigan. Follow Molly at @MollyBurford and learn more at MollyBurford.com.

Alexis Daria

Award-winning, bestselling author Alexis Daria is a lifelong New Yorker who writes stories celebrating the lives and loves of Latinx characters. Her 2020 release, You Had Me At Hola, was a national bestseller, New York Times Editor's Choice Pick and featured on several “Best of” lists for the year. Her new book, A Lot Like Adiós, was released September 14th.

Kate Sloan

Kate Sloan is a journalist, author, blogger, podcaster, and educator with over 9 years of sex writing under her belt (so to speak). Her words on sex, kink, and relationships have appeared in publications such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Playboy, and the Insider. She is the cohost of the acclaimed podcasts The Dildorks and Question Box, and her award-winning sex blog GirlyJuice.net is a go-to resource for many. 101 Kinky Things Even You Can Do is her first book. Her second book, 200 Words to Help You Talk About Gender & Sexuality, is forthcoming in April 2022. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @Girly_Juice.

Angela Chen

Angela Chen is a journalist and writer in New York City. Her reporting and criticism have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, Guardian, Paris Review, Electric Literature, Catapult, and elsewhere. Chen is a member of the ace community and has spoken about asexuality at academic conferences and events including World Pride. Find her on Twitter @chengela or at angelachen.org.

Katee Robert

Katee Robert (kateerobert.com) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Entertainment Weekly calls her writing “unspeakably hot.” Her books have sold over a million copies. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, children, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and two Great Danes who think they’re lap dogs. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, BookBub, Amazon, Pinterest. Join her Facebook group The Rabble and subscribe to her newsletter.

Jen Winston

Jen Winston (she/they) is a writer, creative director, and bisexual. Jen runs a monthly newsletter called The Bi Monthly, and their first essay collection — Greedy: Notes From A Bisexual Who Wants Too Much — came out with Atria Books on October 5. Jen’s work bridges the intersection of sex, politics, and technology, and has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, CNN, and more. Jen is passionate about unlearning and creating work that helps others do the same. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, dogs, and iPhone.  

Kevin Patterson

Kevin Patterson is an active member of the Philadelphia polyamory community. He's been practicing ethical nonmonogamy since August of 2002 after opening up a relationship that eventually became his marriage. In April of 2015, Kevin was inspired to start Poly Role Models, an interview series for people describing their experiences with polyamory. Poly Role Models was part of a drive and a desire to change the way our lives and communities are viewed. To continue that discussion of polyamorous representation, Kevin has extended the blog's work into the writing of the book, Love's Not Color Blind: Race and Representation in Polyamorous and Other Alternative Communities. Along with co-writer Alana Phelan, Kevin launched a sci-fi novel series, For Hire, that centers characters of color as well as other marginalized identities. Beginning in 2020, Kevin has worked with Dr. Liz Powell to create the Unfuck Your Polyamory educational series. Including lessons for both individual users as well as service providers, Unfuck is designed to help people navigate the world of consensual non-monogamy while avoiding a lot of the common mistakes.

Ashley Manta

Ashley Manta is an award-winning sex educator and coach and has become a sought-after authority on mindfully combining sex and cannabis as part of her CannaSexual® brand. She is the author of The CBD Solution: Sex, published in 2020 in conjunction with Merry Jane and Chronicle Books. She wrote for Playboy as a Playboy Advisor in 2020. She completed her certification as a Bodysex® Facilitator after studying with legendary pleasure pioneer Betty Dodson. She facilitates retreats and workshops at resorts and festivals around the world and is the creator of the online sex magick and sexual empowerment programs, Activating Your Cosmic Pussy and Cosmic Couples. She is a brand ambassador for Sybian.

Penny Aimes

Penny Aimes was assigned Hoosier at Birth but made her way to Austin, Texas, where she lives with a beautiful accountant and a very loud bird. Her debut novel For the Love of April French the story of a trans woman who has always seen herself as a stopover for others on their way to a happily ever after and the cis man who knows his home will never be complete without her. Both kinky and unrepentantly fluffy, it is a story about letting go of fear and believing that you can love and be loved in return. It's also about embracing your community and letting your community vice you a little versa now and then.

MonalisaSmiled

With over 250,000 views and 2.3 thousand followers. Email her at monalisalady0@gmail.com because she’s so bad, she’s good. Follow The Scarlett Letter, her publication for adultery. Support her at https://ko-fi.com/monalisasmiled.

Dr. J.

Dr. J. writes erotica while enjoying the island life in Florida. She is a retired sex therapist, crafting her first erotic romance novel along with a sexual wellness journal, and a non-fiction book for novel writers on writing scenes with sex. Everyday life inspires her stories and she finds sexy writing inspiration in every corner of her world.

Nikki Armytage-Foy

Nikki Armytage-Foy is an international leadership coach and founder of Electric Woman. She works with women leaders from all over the world helping them fill their lives with passion and purpose. From 1-1 coaching to three-day weekend workshops around claiming your feminine sexual sovereignty, learn more at Electric Woman.

Lucy Fry

Lucy Fry is writer and speaker from London, England. Her memoir, Easier Ways To Say I Love You, is published by Myriad Editions in February 2020 and tackles themes such as non-monogamy, polyamory, addiction and motherhood. She is also author of ‘Run, Ride, Sink or Swim – a year in the exhilarating and addictive world of women’s triathlon’ published by Faber & Faber in both UK (2015) and USA (2017) and shortlisted for the New Writer Award at Cross Sports Book Awards (2016). Lucy has written widely for various UK publications The Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Women’s Health, Psychologies Magazine and Stylist. She has also been fitness columnist at Sunday Telegraph, fitness-travel-trends columnist at Easy Jet Traveller Magazine and travel editor for Diva Magazine. She has appeared on various radio stations including BBC Radio One, Radio Two, Radio London, Radio Oxford and BBC World Service. She has spoken at Ways With Words Literary Festival, Belfast Book Festival, The Triathlon Show and most recently delivered a 30-minute talk on emotional strength at a Stylist Magazine event held at AllBright women’s private members’ club London. Lucy is also studying to become a psychotherapist. Follow Lucy on twitter @lucycfry

Sarah Burton

Sarah Burton’s career started in 2006 with a broken heart, a broken down van, and a haphazard tour across Canada in a van named Lucky. This set the tone for an artist life driven by adventure, spontaneity, and a desire to connect with people from all walks of life. 3 Minivans, and several greyhound trips later, Sarah has played 200+ shows a year, released 4 albums and played many festivals across North America, finding and sharing the inspiration for hundreds of songs. Rooted in folk, and skirting pop, rock and country – Sarah’s music is a collage of her own adventures, and the people she meets along the way. Her songs have made their way to the big screen, earned college radio charting in US and Canada and commercial radio play in Canada and Europe.

Tessie Tracy

I am a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, and I host workshops, speak to people around the country, and have programs and products through which I coach people online and in private. My mission is to impact as many people as possible to continually create the next best version of themselves, and love the skin they're in every single day.

Zoë Kors

Zoe Kors worked as senior editor and creative director of LA Yoga Magazine and Origin Magazine. Following a life-changing education in the philosophy and practice of Tantra, she became a certified co-active coach and began working worked with clients “to reintroduce healthy sexuality and intimacy after the trauma of betrayal.”

Cleo Johnson

Cleo Johnson currently lives in L.A. and counts herself lucky to have been at some interesting points in history. She was at the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test in the 60s in San Francisco, was staff in the Carter White House in the 70s, spent days on Wall Street and nights in CBGBs in New York in the 80s, regrets many of her outfits in the 90s, and developed a co-operative social model in the 00s. She’s currently working on her tai chi sword skills as well as performing with a synchronized swim team.