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We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival
Edited by Natalie West, with Tina Horn
Published by Feminist Press, 2021

Audacia's essay "Wounds and Ways Through: A Personal Chronology of December 17" appears in this anthology.

This collection of narrative essays by sex workers presents a crystal-clear rejoinder: there's never been a better time to fight for justice. Responding to the resurgence of the #MeToo movement in 2017, sex workers from across the industry--hookers and prostitutes, strippers and dancers, porn stars, cam models, Dommes and subs alike--complicate narratives of sexual harassment and violence, and expand conversations often limited to normative workplaces.

Writing across topics such as homelessness, motherhood, and toxic masculinity, We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival gives voice to the fight for agency and accountability across sex industries. With contributions by leading voices in the movement such as Melissa Gira Grant, Ceyenne Doroshow, Audacia Ray, femi babylon, April Flores, and Yin Q, this anthology explores sex work as work, and sex workers as laboring subjects in need of respect--not rescue.

A portion of this book's net proceeds will be donated to SWOP Behind Bars (SBB).

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Hustling Verse: A Sex Workers' Poetry Anthology
Edited by Amber Dawn and Justin DuCharme
Published by Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019

Audacia's poem "Dear Trauma" appears in this anthology.

In this trailblazing anthology, more than fifty self-identified sex workers from all walks of the industry (survival and trade, past and present) explore their lived experience through the expressive nuance and beauty of poetry. In a variety of forms ranging from lyrics to list poems to found poetry to hybrid works, these authors express themselves with the complexity, agency, and honesty that sex workers are rarely afforded. Contributors from Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia include Gregory Scofield, Tracy Quan, Summer Wright, and Akira the Hustler. As an antidote to the invasive and often biased media depictions of sex workers, Hustling Verse is a fiercely groundbreaking exploration of intimacy, transactional sex, identity, healing, and resilience.

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$pread: The Best of the Magazine That Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started  a Media Revolution 
Edited by Rachel Aimee, Eliyanna Kaiser, and Audacia Ray | Published by Feminist Press, 2015

$pread, an Utne Award–winning magazine by and for sex workers, was independently published from 2005 to 2011. This collection features enduring essays about sex work around the world, first-person stories that range from deeply traumatic to totally hilarious, analysis of media and culture, and fantastic illustrations and photos produced just for the magazine. What started as a community tool and trade magazine for the sex industry quickly emerged as the essential guide for people curious about sex work, for independent magazine enthusiasts, and for labor and civil rights activists.

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Prose & Lore: Memoir Stories About
Sex Work
Edited by Audacia RayPublished bi-annually by Red Umbrella Project, 2012-2015

“[The stories] that comprise this journal are straightforward without a lot of literary tropes or tricks yet their harsh and sticky realities pull readers in. A testament to Red Umbrella’s workshops, from which most of these works hail, they’re entertaining and edifying, even enlightening, at times. They are not by any means self-pitying stories but come from perspectives that are often humorous, seductive, pissed, confused, and psycho-sexually indignant.” – The Review Review

Cooking in Heels: A Memoir Cookbook 
By Ceyenne Doroshow, with Audacia Ray Published by Red Umbrella Project, 2012

In Cooking in Heels, Ceyenne Doroshow offers up 40 Southern-style favorites with a Caribbean twist. As a transgender woman who was inspired to write her book while serving prison time for a prostitution conviction, Ceyenne might not seem like the most likely representative of home cooked family values. But her book, which is peppered with good humor and begins with the story of her life, shows that food and love are the ties that bind, and family is what you make it. Edited and art directed by Audacia Ray, publication made possible with a Kickstarter campaign.

Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing in On
Internet Sexploration 
By Audacia RayPublished by Seal Press, 2007

Few things are more misunderstood and cause more fear and suspicion than the combination of female sexuality and the Internet. Naked on the Internet explores how women use cyberspace, personally and professionally, to learn about themselves, connect with others, and make a living. 

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