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Lady Dahl spoke with me recently, below is an excerpt from her lovely interview in Slixa. She is a regular contributor at the Salon.

THE SEXUAL PROWESS OF THE PHILADELPHIA EROTIC LITERARY SALONA COMMUNITY OF EROTICA CONNOISSEURS! Philadelphia’s Erotic Salon, hosted by clinical sexologist Susana Mayer, recently celebrated five years of sharing intimate oral exchange. The success of the multi-generational, multicultural, sexually charged forum – which now includes the Salon’s first eBook, SenSexual: A Unique Anthology 2013 Volumes 1 & 2, filled with works from many of the readers along with international contributions- seems to lay in the supportive sincerity of the venue’s Hostess.

The Salon’s cosmopolitan art house environment brings diverse people together in a way that has bonded them in a special sense similar to a sacred ritual, sharing secret desires and intimate life experiences. Her quiet, yet firm dominant tone, sets the mood, as we enter the mystery of the Salon every third Tuesday evening at the Bohemian Absinthe Lounge above TIME restaurant, in the heart of Philadelphia’s vibrant, social GLBT entertainment district.

SLIXA DAHL is excited to be Door Hostess again for September’s Salon. We sat down to discuss Susana’s venue, as we got ready for another sizzling sensate evening.

Susana – the Salon is often standing room only. Congratulations on the success of your venue! You must be so pleased with how the event has evolved over the last five plus years. What changes have you noted?

The Salon originally followed more closely the format of the Italian and French Salons that started in the 16th century. Because the attendance was smaller we were able to discuss and occasionally critique the works that were shared. With over 75 people it has become more entertainment. I have recently added a half hour Talk Q&A that is held prior to the readings.

From feedback I get from Salon attendees you have created an environment where men and women of different ages and identities feel very safe and comfortable discussing fantasies and ideas from different perspectives. What are your favorite aspects of Salon?

I enjoy watching people relate to some of the works, it shows on their faces. The moment when they feel normalized that someone else acts or feels the way they do.

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Press Release – October 15 – Heather Shayne Blakeslee – Writer, Musician, Performer

Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon, Featuring Writer, Musician, Performer, Heather Blakeslee, Along With Attendee Readers, Tuesday, October 15.

Friday, September 20, 2013


PCSalons@gmail.com – contact: Susana Mayer, Ph.D., Salonnière,

PCSalons@gmail.comreserve a time slot to read at Salon (5 min max)

www.theEroticliterarysalon.com – guidelines for reading.

www.theEroticliterarysalon.com – blog s+x news, Salon notices, erotica, and guidelines.

The Erotic Literary Salon will be held Tuesday,  Oct. 15. Heather Shayne Blakeslee will be presenting, “The Day That You Find Me is Different” a thought-experiment and meditation on the nature of desire and long-term relationships.  Told from the perspective of a modern-day Eve speaking directly to an every-man Adam, the piece explores how we see one another in relationships and how we construct our realities, often passing through each day without intention, without desire, and without knowing one another.    The fictional scenario depicted in the performance has the head of an essay and the heart of a spoken-word seduction piece, and it will be accompanied by percussion on Turkish frame drum by Walter Foley. http://www.littleredrecords.com

Rochelle Lewis will lead the ‘Talk’ offering an excerpt from the Fringe event “All the Sex I’ve Ever Had.” She was one of the featured performers in this production and will also lead the Q&A.

Approximately twenty attendees will also entertain with their 5 minute sex memoirs, rants, short stories and poetry. The half hour talk and Q&A will be led Meghan and Gigi. They will talk about the taboo in discussing masturbation.

PHILADELPHIA: The Erotic Literary Salon, unique in the English-speaking world has launched a growing movement mainstreaming erotica. Salons attract a supportive audience of 70 or more individuals. Approximately 20 participate as writers, readers, storytellers, spoken word performers of original works/words of others, the rest just come to listen, enjoy and applaud. Frances, our resident nonagenarian (96 years young) will recite her original erotica.

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. (limited seating), for cocktails, food and conversation. Talk and Q&A between 7:00-7:30 and readings begin at 8:00. Admission is $10, discounted for students, and seniors (65+) to $8. 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.

Warren Katz, first time attendee and reader



Reminder – Next Tuesday – September 17 – the Erotic Literary Salon, Fringe Festival Delights

Fringe Festival has started in Philadelphia with an amazing offering of events. Rochelle Lewis, the creator of the Exquisite Corpse offering at the Salon and regular reader will be performing in “All the Sex I’ve Ever Had.” Do attend and support her performance, I’ll be there 9/13, join me.)

Below is excerpt from the newsletter sent today. If you did not receive, please subscribe. (At right side of website home page for link)

Chlamydia Dell’ Arte Performers

Fringe Festival Events:

NEW: Chlamydia dell’ Arte: MORE S+x-Ed Burleque at the Fringe Arts Festival 9/10-19, (I shall be attending on 9/11, join me.) more info at http://www.livearts-fringe.org page 102 of catelog.


NEW: All the S+x I’ve Ever Had at the Fringe Arts Festival 9/13 & 14 (I shall be attending on the 13th, join me.) more info at http://www.livearts-fringe.org page 48 of catelog. **Rochelle Lewis, regular Salon attendee and reader, will be performing in this event.


NEW: Stars and Garters: A Doctor Who Burlesque Show 9/15-17 (I shall be attending on the 15th, join me.) ore info at http://www.livearts-fringe.org page 88 of catelog.





Release! A Voyeuristic Celebration of the Id – Rachel Fogletto

Rachel reminded me of her new event, to be held August 16th. Sorry to be missing this, still out of town on my road trip. Please attend and tell me all about it.

Price $10

Bar – Cash Only

Smoking allowed

We’re all in need of release.

The pleasure we crave, the stress we feel, the tension we carry… it has to go somewhere.

Come…enjoy the things that make you tick. Confront excitement for what it is, in a society that makes it more and more difficult to be impressed by the vulnerability of others.

Let it all out Friday, August 16th at the Republican Club on Snyder Avenue. Relax, and let your hosts, Rachel Fogletto and Steve Slaughter, take you through a personally-guided tour of your own id.

The anticipation of seeing bare flesh, tied tight. The adrenaline released in the heat of physical confrontation. Those unexpected feelings of arousal once the pheromones start to flow. And the fear and excitement when a master performer has you in the palm of their hand.

But seriously, it’s a celebration…so have fun, enjoy the ride…and maybe we’ll cuddle with you afterward.


Performances by:

Rachel Fogletto and Steve Slaughter (your wicked hosts)

Plum Dragoness (smooth and sexy songstress)

Seraphina and friends (first-person bondage expression)

Ryan Shaner (standup comedy with a side of rage)

Slave Wendeena (paddled LIVE for your pleasure, with a foreword by Vanessa from Passional)

Provocative and Exotic Dance Grand Finale by the lovely ladies of the Burlesque persuasion, Jess Dragoness, Sweet Ki, Elysium, and more!

Plus fantastic giveaways all night long courtesy of Passional (now at their new location at 317 South St)!