Everything we saw at the 33rd Erotic Poetry and Music Festival at Detroit’s Tangent Gallery


The annual Erotic Poetry and Music Festival returned to the Tangent Gallery to celebrate the works of Detroit-area erotic artists for 33 years running. The festival showcased titillating and thought-provoking performances, this time by artists Satori Circus, Konrad Lee, Divine Butterfly, Emily Infinity, and others, as well as sets by local burlesque dancers Lushes LaMoan, Magenta DeMure, Sophia Von Stardust, and Lottie Ellington. As per the ethos of the event, more than a dozen writers shared their written works, including poems by Jimmy Doom, Lady of Pain, Glenn Novak, Kai Quix, Shakespeare Simmons, Mike Kelly, Pearl, and more. There was erotic art, too, and a local marketplace, which offered sensual toys, naughty leather goods, and intimate oils.


Photos by Joe Maroon