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Tonight-FREE – The Virgin Erotic Literary Salon On-Line – This Tuesday-April 21-6:45

CLICK on blog title to open site for Zoom meeting link. Once opened you will find the link under the invitation. I hope to see you at this first ever on-line Salon. Remember next month, May 19, the Salon celebrates 12 years strong.

You are invited to attend the virgin Erotic Literary Salon On-line. To be held this Tuesday, April 21st, 6:45 (not 6:30, explanation below.)
Invitation to the Erotic Literary Salon On-line


IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT share this link and password on social media. You can invite people you know, but please make it clear they are also not to share on social media.  


Zoom meeting over


A guide to participating in the Erotic Literary Salon on-line


You do not have to do anything but show up, however, the Salon is at its best when people become involved. I encourage you to follow all or a few of these directives, and become part of the first ever Erotic Literary Salon on-line.


Important: You must email your answers and sign-up to read prior to the event.


  • Answer one or both of the following questions. (Your answers can be extremely brief or lengthier, but not more than 1 ½ pages, single spaced. Your name will not be attached, and someone else will be reading it. Unless you would like to use these as a prompt and read your piece at the Salon, in which case, follow the guidelines below to sign-up to read.)


  • Describe the best s+x you had or wish you had had during this time of sheltering in place (solo or with partner/s.)


  • Fantasy – Describe in graphic detail a s+xual scene using robots, vampires or other extreme characters.


  • Send an email to to sign-up to read during this Zoom event. You can read an original work (fiction or non-fiction, any style – spoken word, poetry, short story, excerpt from larger work, journal, rant, etc., or a piece by someone else. You can also present articles about interesting topics pertaining to s+xuality. Important: If you are a new presenter, please follow the guidelines to read.


  • Adult S+x-Ed Question: Send an email to with any questions about s+xuality (you can ask more than one question.) Your name will not be read at the Salon. It might be helpful when the audience answers your question, to know your approximate age and gender.


The following are examples of past questions asked at the Salon: My husband doesn’t get hard, how can I please him?, My wife says she hurts when we have s+x (intercourse), I don’t want to hurt her. What can I do to please her?, I want to open up our relationship, how do I ask my partner?. Nothing is off limits. The audience answers the questions and so do I, your host Susana Mayer.


  • Send an email to with a caption for this cartoon. You can offer more than one caption.





  • I encourage you to take part in the lively Adult S+x-Ed session. The attendees have the opportunity to answer the anonymous s+xuality questions.



Instructions for the Erotic Literary Salon on-line


I know it says 6:30 on the invitation, however, Jon (my cohost for the event) and I need to take a few minutes to settle in. Please sign in after 6:45 so we can work out the kinks (an intentional reference.)  We will officially start at 7, which gives you 15-minutes to meet and greet others in the Zoom chat room.


We ask that you be patient with us, since it is our first time offering a Zoom Salon.  If there are any problems on your end, please mention it in the chat room. You can private message or ask everyone for help.



  • You do not have to have a Zoom account to join this event, but you will be prompted to download the software.


  • Laptops and mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads have webcams and speakers built into them. Try to log in via computer rather than a mobile device for greater functionality and visibility.


  • You can attend the Salon incognito. After entering the event turn off the video icon at the bottom left. You can also change your name by clicking on the Participants icon at the bottom of the Zoom window. Next, hover your mouse over your name in the Participants list on the right side of the Zoom window. Click on “rename.” Enter the name you would like to appear in the Zoom meeting and click on “OK.”


  • You will not be able to unmute yourselves, only Jon and I will have that ability. The only time attendees will be able to speak, is when they are answering a question during the Adult S+x-Ed session or when presenting their readings.


  • Use the simulated hand raise, when participating during the Adult S+x-Ed session of the Salon. After you have been temporarily unmuted please lower simulated hand.



If you are entering after 7pm and attending a Zoom event for the first time:


  • You know you have entered the event when you see this toolbar at the bottom of the window. (It may look slightly different, depending on the device you are using.)


  • There will be a red slash mark through the microphone icon, it will be turned off. You will not be able to unmute yourself. Either Jon or I will unmute you if you have signed up to read or wish to answer a question in the Adult Sex-Ed session.


  • If the video has a slash mark, press on it to start. Click on the arrow to the right of the video icon to change your video settings and background. You can also leave the slash mark and keep your video turned off.


  • When you click on the Participants icon, you can see who is currently in the meeting. You can also hover over your name to change it as it is seen in the participants list and on the video window.


  • The Chat icon will allow you to chat with everyone. You are encouraged not to use it while others are speaking except if there is an emergency. Until the Salon officially starts at 7 and during a brief 10 minute intermission you will be able to chat with specific individuals. The chat room is not audible, it is a white space to the right of the video where you can type your remarks.
  • Similar to the Salon, there will be no recording.


  • Video layout is in the upper right of the Zoom window. You can switch between active speaker view and gallery view.


  • The enter or exit full screen mode is on the top right of the Zoom window. You can also exit the full screen by clicking on Esc.


  • You can leave the meeting at any time by clicking on the “Leave Meeting” option at the lower right corner of the Zoom window.

CANCELED – March 17th Erotic Literary Salon – CANCELED

I regret to announce the cancelation of next week’s Salon – March 17th. I feel the need to do my part in containing and keeping the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from spreading too quickly. I discussed my thoughts with several long-standing members of the Salon community, and it was agreed this was the best course of action.

I am considering a temporary on-line Salon via a meeting site, such as Zoom. At this point I’m in the research stage. I would appreciate any suggestions on how best to proceed. You can contact me at:

Many thanks for supporting the Salon in its 12th year of creating a “A Verbal Sanctuary for Sexual Expression” – Several pieces from “Sensexual: A Unique Anthology” can be found on the Salon’s website:

Please visit the website regularly, to be kept abreast of any news regarding the on-line and future Salons. I will also keep you updated via the newsletter.

Wash hands, keep hydrated, stock up on some good erotica if you are hibernating as I am.



Susana Mayer, PhD

Founder and Host

The Erotic Literary Salon


Press Release-February 19-The Erotic Literary Salon Live / Adult Sex-Ed-Featuring Comedian Rachel Fogletto

Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon / Adult Sex-/Ed -Live- Valentine’s Celebration with Comedian Rachel Fogletto, Tuesday, February 19.



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, February 19. Come celebrate Valentine’s Day (on Feb 19) with Philadelphia’s best – comedian Rachel Fogletto. You saw her first at the Salon, where she got her start presenting rants and wonderful stories. In honor of Valentine’s Day Rachel will present a piece “from my heart or some other organ.”

Rachel Fogletto is Philadelphia-based Stand Up comedian, self-described charming oversharer and middle-shelf wine enthusiast.  Rachel is a regular performer at Helium Comedy Club and Punch Line Philly, and has opened for headliners such as Judy Gold, Chris Kattan, Joe Mande and Sasheer Zamata. Rachel is the co-mastermind behind The Leak Podcast and co-produced the Bechdel Test Fest in Philadelphia in 2016-2018. You can pretty much trace her every move at , IG: @rachelfogletto or track her current emotional state on Twitter @RachelFogletto.

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: Since 2008, The Erotic Literary Salon, unique in the English-speaking world has launched a growing movement mainstreaming erotica. Salons attract a supportive audience of 60 or more individuals. Approximately 10-15 attendees participate as writers, readers, storytellers, spoken-word performers of original works. The audience has the opportunity to participate sometimes reading sexuality quotes from various books or they can just listen, enjoy and applaud. The attendees also have the opportunity to create caption for erotic cartoon specifically designed for the Salon. Sign-up to read at the door; guidelines can be found 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 between7:00-8:00, readings begin at approximately8:30. 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


“First time attending but I really enjoyed myself, great crowd, love the transparency and openness. Looking forward to next month with great anticipation.”

First-time attendee 2018


How to Books on Anal Sex – Adult Sex-Ed Salon

As promised at the Adult Sex-Ed Salon (first half of the Erotic Literary Salon-Live), a listing of books on anal sex. But first –

One of my favorite books on eroticism:

The Erotic Mind, Jack Morin Ph.D.

Favorite sex book:

Guide To Getting It On: Unzipped, Paul Joannides Psy.D and Daerick Gröss Sr.

How to books on anal sex.

Anal Pleasure and Health: A Guide for Men, Women and Couples, Jack Morin Ph.D.

The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women, Tristan Taormino

Feb 11, 2006