| April 13, 2014 | 12:46 pm

I am so honored and excited to announce that three of my poems are featured in the dark, visceral, creepy, and other-worldly Spring 2014 edition of Menacing Hedge. This group of work is so deliciously spooky, I can’t put into words how psyched I am to be a part of it!

The three poems by yours truly are all about the experience of being kind of a monster. I didn’t even realize that continue →

| April 12, 2014 | 10:00 pm

Oh, man, you guys. This latest image of Tracy Queen and her second-in-command Nikola? I am loving it. The light, the sky, the badassery! So gorgeous. I wanted to share it with y’all! Many kudos are due to Jayel Draco, the artist, for his work on this image, which just might end up being the cover of the book, if all goes well.

There’s new, updated concept art on the website, too, which we’ll be rolling out on Facebook over the next few weeks. We’re taking a slightly different approach the visuals, changing the font and style of the images. But, if you want a sneak preview of the fancy new stuff, go check it out! And let us know what you think!

Tracy Queen and Nikola prepare for battle in the early morning light.

Tracy Queen and Nikola prepare for battle in the early morning light.

| April 11, 2014 | 2:00 pm
That's my thinkface.

That’s my thinkface.

Last weekend I attended the 2nd annual Feminist Porn Conference at the University of Toronto, in conjunction with the 9th annual Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards. The weekend was a three-day marathon of excitement over seeing familiar faces, meeting new people in the community, celebrating the phenomenon of feminist pornography, and being absolutely inundated with information at panel sessions and in discussions about them after the conference. I’ve been trying to parse the massive amount of info and process my thoughts about it all, and I’ve come away with three major things I want to digest. Here, in front of you. Public digestion. Sexy, right?

The first thing, and possibly the most difficult to wrap my brain around, is the issue of money in feminist porn and its environs. As you might imagine, as a journalistic writer/poet/artist, I don’t have the best brain for money or business. Some creative people do have minds that work well with numbers, and they tend to be quite successful, but for most of us, money is a scary subject. A lot of creative types like to think of ourselves–and I say this inclusively, as I absolutely fall into this category–as special little snowflakes continue →

| April 9, 2014 | 5:58 pm

Reblogged from courtneytrouble.tumblr.com/

Never fear, my darling dolls, I am working away on a response to my weekend in Toronto with all the fabulous feminists at the FPAs and FPCon! But I drafted the post on my new tablet on a very-bouncy Megabus ride back to the city yesterday, so not only does it need content editing and some well-placed quotes, it also needs a very serious proofread for typos. So it’ll be a few days till that happens.

In the meantime, I have stuff for you!

1) A list of all the winners of Feminist Porn Awards this year! I can tell you right now that the list is not as exciting as the event was–the performances, the raw emotion of the tribute to Carlos Batts, the excitement over who would be the next Heartthrob of the Year (Zahra Stardust), and the excellent people watching… But hey, the list is still cool. I promise! You should probably go buy all the films that won, too. Just saying.

2) A shortened version of Courtney Trouble’s article “How I Found My Gender Through Being A Queer Porn Star” on Huffington Post. This article appears in its entirety in the first edition of the Porn Studies academic journal, but the HuffPo one might be easier to access at work. A tidbit to tease you: “While I knew I was queer before I made porn, producing and performing in porn helped me find my gender. Ten years of watching people strap, tuck, shave, paint, bind, glue, and glitter themselves to express their gender in a visual, textural, sexual, and public way has shown me that I did not have to pick something off the rack – I could be, and am, a multifaceted creature that lives in a liminal space.” And let me just say that the title doesn’t even start to begin to give a fraction of an idea about Courtney: she is a queer porn icon, the founder of one of the most successful feminist, queer porn companies ever, a powerhouse performer, a topless DJ, a defender of humanity, and one of the most badassingest people on the planet. There, I said it. Yes, I’m pandering. So the fuck what? If you’d heard her keynote address on Sunday at the FPCon, you would too.

3) A really cool examination of how the sex in romance novels operates similarly to, and differently from, the sex in porn by my good friend Jennifer Williamson. She wrote this in response to a post of mine, and the conversations we’ve had on the topic since.  Succinct and, I think, part of what I hope will become a larger conversation about the ways that sexual entertainment twine into our lives.

4) Oh, and I was profiled on Luna Luna Mag! The editor is doing a retrospective sort of thing this month, as Luna Luna approaches it’s millionth page view!!!

More pictures and thoughts from the Feminist Porn weekend to come! Stay tuned!

| April 3, 2014 | 5:06 pm

Apologies, my lovelies, for not having had time to blow your minds with my excellent wisdom this week. I know you must miss my ravings. Truth is I’ve been overloaded with editing an article that is supposed to be 2,000 words and which is currently 5,000 words (you might have guessed that I’m an over-writer) and preparing for my trip to Toronto for the 2014 Feminist Porn Awards and the Feminist Porn Conference! I’ll have some (not too many) Tracy Queen materials on hand, and I’ll be taking notes while my partner takes photos all weekend so that when I get back I’ll hopefully have some time to write about what we saw and heard and did with the coolest queers and feminists in the porn world!

Right now I’m up to my eyeballs with work at my 9 – 5, as our department is currently down 5 people (out of around 15), and I’ve been focusing on editing articles for other publications in the evenings. So not much time for writing.

Luckily, Chris Zeischegg (formerly known as Danny Wylde), has had some time, and he’s written a poignant article for Nerve about his experience making a MakeLoveNotPorn.tv video with his girlfriend after he retired from porn. It says, quietly, a lot about sex, love, porn, and MakeLoveNotPorn, too.

And Bella Vendetta has been writing, too, on her Tumblr. This article, “10 things you thought you knew about porn,”  is from a while ago, but I just had a chance to read it yesterday, and it is so worth reading to yourself… and aloud to anyone who will listen.

And then there’s “10 amazing sex tips by Stoya,” which shows again why we all heart Stoya.

| April 1, 2014 | 12:57 pm

The latest concept art for Tracy Queen, the graphic novel written by moi, has been released by bomb-ass illustrator Jayel Draco! This piece features Asphyxia Noir, siren and superstar of the blue screen, taking to the field of battle to help Tracy. We can’t give away too much about her cameo just yet, but let’s just say “double agent,” shall we?

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For more info on the graphic novel, including a synopsis, character bios, adult star cameo information, and more concept art like this, visit tracyqueen.com!

| March 31, 2014 | 12:30 pm

I want to write a review of Madison Young’s memoir, Daddy, which was recently published by Rare Bird. I think this book is important, and I want to put words down about why in the hopes that some people who read those words will get a copy of the book and have the same breathless experience I had in reading it. I want people to devour it at every possible moment, like I did. Bury their noses in it, breathe it in, and let it breathe back.

But I feel like I can’t write a review of it. The truth is, I’m way too far beyond biased to continue →

| March 27, 2014 | 12:30 pm
Image: Heleni Flessas

Image: Heleni Flessas

On Luna Luna Mag, I answered two star-crossed lovers please for help: one woman was in agony over her partners’ physical changes, while the other just wished her partner would hurry up and finish, already. Check out my long-winded but quite astute (if I do say so myself) answers! And, if you have questions of your own, send ‘em to me!

| March 26, 2014 | 12:00 pm

poetry brothelCome one, come all! Sit right there in the front row, if you wish! You’ll never be able to discern the sorcery of the poets at the Poetry Brothel, no matter how hard you try, ladies and gentlemen. Their magic is real. But we invite you to try to figure them out in public and private readings (for a small fee) this Sunday, March 30, at The Back Room on Norfolk Street. I’ll be there, reading for you as the depressively fascinating Fanny Firewater, spinning spells with sultry verses and losing myself in the atmosphere. Come see me!

To make this illusory evening even more mystical, continue →

| March 25, 2014 | 12:30 pm

The latest concept art for the graphic novel Tracy Queen (written by yours truly and illustrated by Jayel Draco) has appeared on the interwebz! This stunning and sexy piece features queer heartthrob James Darling hoisting his trusty, hand-made powertool/toy over his shoulder and ready to use it to pleasure or defeat his friends or enemies… really, whatever works! I think James is hoping the climactic battle between Tracy’s forces and the Porn Army of Dickie Doublefinger will end in a lovefest rather than a bloodbath. He’s a lover, guys.

Click on one of his gleaming pecs to find out more about the graphic novel and James!

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