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TONIGHT-Tuesday-Oct 17-The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex Ed

Program for tonight:

  • Adult Sex Ed
  • Jon Drucker’s Book Release Party
  • Memorial readings for Frances Seidman-First reader at the Salon in May 2008
  • Information regarding the Erotic Literary Salon readings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a few weeks.
  • Do come and read (sign-up at the door) or just come to listen. If you would like to participate but don’t write, you can read from the Craig’s list personals I hand-out.
  • Doors open 6:30 – see you tonight.

I enjoy sensual pictures of people and sharing them with the Salon.

Reminder-Tuesday-Oct 17-Book Release Party, Celebrate the Life of Frances Seidman

The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex-Ed Salon this Tuesday, doors open 6:30.

Book Release Party  –  Poet, storyteller, and Erotic Literary Salon Habitué Jon Drucker will read from his new collection, Fierce Liquid: Poems and Lies. Jon is the author of oneironaught: collected/selected/rejected poems, and is the founder and publisher of West Philly Press.

We shall celebrate the life of the first reader at the Salon, my chosen mom Frances Seidman, who wrote erotica for the first time when she was 91. Her wishes were to celebrate her passing; chosen children and a relative surrounded her bed at home with love, joy, and many stories (some rather bawdy) – she loved them. She died in her sleep Saturday, October 7. She died the way she lived – with much gusto and a smile.

Photo taken less than two weeks before she became my guardian angel. She is on fb if you wish to read more.

From the 2013 Anthology,

Frances Seidman

Backstory: When I heard that Susana had started an erotic literary salon and needed original writing, I thought, “I can do that,” and I offered to write a story.

I searched my mind and came up with a recent picture of myself and my almost new boyfriend. So, I wrote my first story, and offered to write only one. However, its presentation at the Salon was a success. (I think the idea of sex when someone is 90 was something new to the group, and their enthusiasm asked for more.)

So here it goes—I can write erotica. When I was a sophomore in high school, I won a ten-dollar prize for the art of writing composition. So now in my nineties I’ve had enough experiences to draw from.


Editor’s Note: When Frances, the Salon’s nonagenarian in residence, first came to read at the Salon, she used the pseudonym Lily. She was fearful of losing her volunteer position: working with young school children in Florida. A year later she threw caution to the wind, and now she is Frances to all who attend the Salon.

The piece below was her first attempt at writing erotica.


I am Lily‚ there he was, the man, standing by the pool of our senior community. My eyes stood still and my breath slowed down. I hadn’t seen a white haired man who could touch my heart for almost a lifetime. We reached for each other and agreed to meet the next week.

Without shame, I lay naked on the bed, eagerly separating my legs as the man knelt before me. My body warmed in a new way. Ripples of movement ran through me‚ and music by Vivaldi.

My skin smoothed out and was flooded with rosy coloring. I was a painting by Rubens and the man said I was beautiful.

* * *

Editor’s Note: At the very first Salon people were not expected to offer backstories. However, it soon became evident that the audience demanded to know more about the origins of the works presented.


This piece referenced in the Dedication was read by Frances at the first Salon. She had forgotten to mention the title, but after being cued, blurted out “First Date.” Upon hearing the audience gasp she said, “We’re old, we don’t have that much time.”


Press Release – October 17 – The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex-Ed

Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon-Live and the Adult Sex-Ed Salon, Book Release Party for Gifted Writer Jon Drucker’s Fierce Liquid: Poems and Lies, West Philly Press, Along with Attendee Readings,

Tuesday, Oct. 17


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – contact: Susana Mayer, Ph.D., Salonnière, – guidelines for reading. – blog: events, Salon notices, erotica, and guidelines.


The Erotic Literary Salon will be held Tuesday, October 17. Poet, storyteller, and Erotic Literary Salon Habitué Jon Drucker will read from his new collection, Fierce Liquid: Poems and Lies. Jon is the author of oneironaught: collected/selected/rejected poems, and is the founder and publisher of West Philly Press.


Two copies of Fierce Liquid: Poems and Lies will be raffled off at the end of the evening.


The evening will start with the Adult Sex-Ed Salon a one-hour program devoted to sex and sexuality. The audience will have the opportunity to pose any questions regarding sex and sexuality anonymously. Sexologist Susana Mayer, PhD, along with co-host Walter will facilitate the Adult Sex-Ed Salon and attendees interested in sharing their knowledge and experiences will join in the discussion. This is always an extremely lively, audience driven Q & A period.


PHILADELPHIA: The Erotic Literary Salon, unique in the English-speaking world has launched a growing movement mainstreaming erotica. Salons attract a supportive audience of 65 or more individuals. Approximately 10-15 attendees participate as writers, readers, storytellers, spoken word performers of original works, some read, “missed connections” and “romance” shorts from Craig’s list. The rest of the attendees come to listen, enjoy and applaud. Sign-up to read at the door, but you must have attended one Salon previously. Guidelines at the Salon’s website.


Salons gather the 3rd Tuesday of every month at TIME (The Bohemian Absinthe Lounge), 1315 Sansom Street, Center City, Philadelphia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for cocktails, food and conversation. Adult Sex-Ed between 7:00-8:00, readings begin at approximately 8:30. Admission is $12, discounted for students and seniors to $10. Salon attendees must be 21.


Creator of this event, Dr. Susana, is Philadelphia’s best-known sexologist. She lends her voice to the Salon by offering relevant information to support the discussions that arise in the Salon and blog.

…surprisingly comfortable….Salon devotees praise her for the space she has created….”

“I think Susana is doing a very brave thing.”

Philadelphia Inquirer, February 10, 2010


“There are laughter and tears along with the hot rush of blood – to the face.

Daily News, March 15, 2010


“I never knew such a life of honesty could exist. I finally found a home I can be comfortable in…this event changed my life.

First-time attendee and reader 2013



Morgana-Porn Documentary, Reminder-Tuesday-Sept 19-The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult-Sex-Ed,

Hope to see you Tuesday for another grand evening at the Erotic Literary Salon.

I was contacted by the producers of the documentary Morgana to see if there were any professors in the academic world who would want to use this film in their studies. If you or anyone you know would be interested, contact me please.

Below I am sharing several previews and shorts from this most unusual documentary.


Another short film – interview with Morgana