Sinclair Sexsmith (they/them) is “the best-known butch erotica writer whose kinky, groundbreaking stories have turned on countless queer women” (AfterEllen), who “is in all the books, wins all the awards, speaks at all the panels and readings, knows all the stuff, and writes for all the places” (Autostraddle). ​Their short story collection, Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, was a 2016 finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and they are the current editor of the Best Lesbian Erotica series. Sinclair identifies as a white nonbinary butch dominant, a survivor and an introvert. Find more of their work at sugarbutch.net.

Recent Publications

Review of Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Volume 5 by Shiane D. Jacocks

Throughout this anthology, both pain and pleasure are often desired, and this looks different for each person, based on their needs and wants. Some stories do tackle depression, self-harm, and trauma. However, it is held with precision and tact. They ask the question; how does one find pleasure and safety when this is reoccurring? In …

The Dildorks Episode 215: Touch Me So Write

This week we’re talking with Sinclair Sexsmith, writer, educator, and editor of the new book Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 5! We touch on consent in erotica, the evolving definition of “lesbian,” disability representation in erotic media, and more.

Sharing sex-positive shit — On Queer Street

On Queer Street includes a link to my article on Butch and Nonbinary Identity in their October roundup: “Their essay is a brilliant sociopolitical analysis the potentially oxymoronic idea of identifying as both “butch” and “non-binary” – and it reminded me how much I still have to learn about my own gender. “When looking at …


Writing Spicy: Erotica Writing, Editing, & Publishing Group

For four weeks, follow writing prompts, share your work, offer and receive feedback, and learn about all aspects of writing erotica, from idea to publication & performance.

D/s Playground

Sinclair’s 4-unit ecourse that doesn’t teach you how to be a dominant or a submissive, but gives you a container and context to go out there, discover, or practice being the kind of dominant or submissive you are.

Monthly: D/s Webinars

Held through Patreon, the monthly D/s webinars are a rotation of topics. Sign up at the $5+ level to have access to the webinars.


Now booking workshops, lectures, keynotes, and other events →


For bookings: contact Shelly Weiss at OUTmedia, info@outmedia.org

For interviews or requests: contact sinclair@sugarbutch.net

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