Susie Bright in 2012
March 25, 1958
|Occupation||writer, speaker, teacher, audio-show host|
|Education||B.A., U.C. Santa Cruz, 1981; M.F.A. New College, San Francisco, 2007|
|Literary movement||sex-positive feminist|
She has a weekly program entitled In Bed with Susie Bright distributed through audible.com, where she discusses a variety of social, freedom of speech and sex-related topics. Interviews, book and movie reviews are common, as are letters from listeners. The show generally begins with a monologue on current events. The show concludes with a letters-segment and the catch-phrase "Clits up!" Her website has operated since March 1997, and she began her blog in 2004.
Susie Bright was active in the 1970s in various left-wing progressive causes, in particular the feminist and anti-war movements. She was also one of the founding members of Teamsters for a Democratic Union, and wrote under the pseudonym Sue Daniels.
Bright co-founded and edited the first women's sex-magazine, On Our Backs, "entertainment for the adventurous lesbian," from 1984 to 1991. From 1992 to 1994 she was a columnist for San Francisco Review of Books. She founded the first women's erotica book-series, Herotica, and edited the first three volumes. She started The Best American Erotica series in 1993, which she publishes to this day. She was the choreographer/consultant for the Wachowski Brothers film, Bound (in which she also had a cameo appearance). Bright also appeared as herself in an episode of the HBO series Six Feet Under.
Bright was the first female member of the X-Rated Critics Organization in 1986, and wrote feminist reviews of erotic films for Penthouse Forum from 1986–1989. Her film-reviews of mainstream movies are widely published, and her comments on gay film history are featured in the documentary film The Celluloid Closet.
She has one daughter, Aretha Bright, and lives with her partner, Jon Bailiff. She currently resides in Santa Cruz, California. Her father was the linguist William Bright. She identifies as a "dyke" though throughout her life she has been bisexual in her choice of partners. She is also openly nonmonogamous, in both her past and present relationships.
|About Susie Bright|
|By Susie Bright|
- Totally Herotica, Book-of-the-Month Club, 1995
- Herotica, Herotica II, Herotica III, Down There Press and Penguin USA, 1988, 1992, and 1994
- Best American Erotica, Simon and Schuster, 1993–2008
- Nothing But the Girl: The Blatant Lesbian Image (as co-editor and co-author), Cassell, 1996
- Three the Hard Way: Three Novellas by William Harrison, Greg Boyd[disambiguation needed], and Tsaurah Litzky, Simon and Schuster, 2004
- Three Kinds of Asking For It: Erotic Novellas by Eric Albert, Greta Christina, and Jill Soloway, Touchstone, 2005
- "X: The Erotic Treasury", Chronicle Books, 2008
- Angry Women (featured artist), RE/Search, interview by Andrea Juno, Fall 1991
- Susie Bright's Sexual Reality: A Virtual Sex Reader, Cleis Press, 1992
- SexWise, Cleis Press, 1995
- The Sexual State of the Union, Simon & Schuster, 1997, trade edition, 1998
- Herotica, 10th anniversary edition, with Afterword by the editor, Down There Press, 1998
- Susie Sexpert's Lesbian Sex World, 2nd edition with three new chapters, Cleis Press, 1998
- Full Exposure: Opening Up to Sex and Creativity, HarperSanFrancisco, 1999
- How to Write a Dirty Story, Simon and Schuster, 2002
- Mommy's Little Girl: Susie Bright on Sex, Motherhood, Pornography, and Cherry Pie, Thunder's Mouth, 2004
- Big Sex, Little Death: A Memoir (2011; OCLC 650827377)
- Los Angeles Times
- "Susie Bright Sexual Revolutionary", interview by Cory Silverberg, October 14, 2007, About.com. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
- The WELL: Susie Bright: How to Read/Write a Dirty Story
- Rebecca Whisnant, Christine Stark, "Not for sale: feminists resisting prostitution and pornography", Spinifex Press, 2004, ISBN 1-876756-49-7, pp.287–288
- The Celluloid Closet; (1995) Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.
- Official website
- Susie Bright at the Internet Movie Database
- Susie Bright at AllRovi
- Her weblog
- Susie Bright at The Huffington Post
- "My Mommy's Job" by Susie Bright at Literary Mama
- Susie Bright at AlterNet
- "The Prime of Miss Kitty MacKinnon" by Susie Bright, East Bay Express, October 1993. (archived at Susie Bright's Journal (website))
- Interview with Susie Bright on 10ZenMonkeys.com