Presenters, Workshops, & Panels

Stoopzkitty

Stoopzkitty has been causing mayhem across the region for over 3 years. Make them laugh, make them weep, always be full of surprises is her motto. She is indeed a real Aqua Zumba instructor, and believes in both fitness and laughter.


Aqua Zumba
Come, get some fun exercise and watch me bounce my booty for you in a safe environment. All levels welcome, and don’t worry, nobody will be making a bigger fool of themselves than me! Silly kitty!

Emma_Spanko/Sparkdog

A shy and happy introvert, Emma has been active in the kink community scene for three years but a Spanko all of her life. She lives in Delaware with her three loud dogs and two crazy cats.

Sparkdog is a lifelong spanko and equal opportunity sadist. He is a Pro-Dom in the kink world and a comedian in the vanilla one.

Spanko Meetup
Do you love spanking? There are many levels of spanking enthusiasm ranging from the novice to the die-hard Spanko. Wherever your interest lies, we would like to invite all to mix and mingle, set up play dates, and just generally hang out with other lovers of spankings.

Dubious

Dubious is a rigger and rope educator from the NY area.

Somerville Variations and Applications (Beginner)
The starting point for many elements of rope bondage is the basic one column tie, but which basic one column should we use? Popularized by the rigger Topologist in Somerville Massachusetts in 2009, the Somerville Bowline is a secure and attractive choice. We will discuss advantages over the other competitors and go through several different methods of tying the somerville. We’ll also teach the Slipped Somerville, Reverse Somerville, and Two-Column Somerville and talk about the uses for each. Participants should bring one rope of anywhere between six to ten meters in length.

Woven Harnesses (Beginner)
Want to restrain people but don’t like knots? No problem! Here we discuss harnesses that require little to no knots or frictions at all. We begin with a simple hip harness called the woven gunslinger, then use the variations of the same technique to tie both a more involved hip harness and an ankle tie. Participants should bring two eight to ten meter ropes.

PhotoDragon

PhotoDragon is a musician, kinkster, and educator.

Aural stimulation / Geeky Kinky Music Jam
Can sounds set you off? PhotoDragon will lead a discussion about sounds and their effects and how they can be integrated into kink play. Following the discussion, he will lead the group in an open music jam, participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments. Guitars, drums, flutes, violins, bagpipes, whatever you have, whatever you play, join in the jam. Class is open to active participants and to those who just want to listen and enjoy the talents of your fellow GKE attendees.

Hillary Laughing Coyote

Hillary Laughing Coyote is what happens when a young Jersey girl moves to the Southwest desert with a wide-open head full of trickster potential. They are a combination of guide, teacher, and pot-stirrer, which together add up to shamanic practitioner. They have been speaking about spooky spirit matter to groups of interested people since 2008 and facilitating shamanic healing since 2012.

Stealing Spotlight: Tricksters in Geek Culture
Tricksters pop up everywhere in our culture, from the unmissable blockbuster sensation of Loki to the buffoonish sidekick stock character. All tricksters, fools, jesters, and clowns carry their own crazy wisdom, as un-obvious as it might seem. Come discuss your favorite tricksters (and related characters) as we geek out for an our on who they are, what their purpose is, and whether they can be categorized into the Crazy Wisdom archetypes of trickster, fool, jester, and/or clown. Archetypes borrowed gratefully from “The Essential Crazy Wisdom” by Wes “Scoop” Nisker (no relation).

Bher (@SirLadyBear)

SirLadyBear, also known as the happy sadist, is a queer geek of color who specializes in creative sadism and impact.

Playing with Bigger Bodies
People come in many shapes and sizes, but for some reason many people are hesitant when it comes to playing with those of us with larger bodies. This presentation focuses on different tricks and tips on the many ways play can be altered for plus size people.

-sparkles- / Ivy

Much like Alice in Wonderland, Ivy fell down the rabbit hole and has been tumbling ever since. After her start in Michigan Ivy began exploring the wonderful world of kink and has chased it around the world. As a fine arts and culinary school graduate, Ivy has been frolicking around deepening her understanding of kink, cats, and baked goods.

Love and Kink and Spoons
Based on Spoon Theory this class delves into how to develop rich and fulfilling kink lives without using up what precious little energy you have left at the end of the day. It also discusses how to get the most out of your self care.

ShimmeringShadow

Fox (they/them) is a gleefully geeky queer multiracial non-binary switch, making the most of life despite being described as “Medically Interesting” by their doctors. Polyamorous and kinky for around 20 years, they have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, a rampant sensual streak, an occasionally dangerous addiction to puns, and a laugh that carries in playspaces.

Chronically Kinky – Disability & Kink Roundtable
Kinksters with health troubles are far from uncommon – the US Census Bureau reported in 2010 that nearly 1 in 5 people in the US had a disability – but many of us feel so alone. This is a space for people with disabilities, chronic illness or other health issues to gather and discuss our experiences with kink in a laid-back and welcoming environment. Join us for a roundtable discussion to share stories and exchange thoughts on how to better meet our desires while accommodating our needs. Bring questions, experiences, ideas or simply open ears.

Ferrett Steinmetz / theferrett

Ferrett Steinmetz is, for purposes of this convention, one of the most popular writers on FetLife, routinely racking up thousands of “loves” for his essays on polyamory. He’s been married to his wife for eighteen years, dating his girlfriend for nine, and been in stable relationships with four other people for over two years, so at least he knows how to run a Google Calendar.
For purposes of more literary aspirations, Ferrett Steinmetz is also a Nebula-nominated science fiction writer, with four books out. His latest, THE UPLOADED, is now available at all respectable bookstores, and is about the political revolution that happens 500 years after we develop a digital heaven. He blogs on FetLife as theferrett, on Twitter as @Ferretthimself, and has a website at www.theferrett.com. He lives in Cleveland with his wife, a small dog, and a quiet ghost.

Jealousy Is Not A Crime: Troubleshooting Broken Polyamory
If you’re dating multiple people, bumps will occur, sure as death and taxes. The question is, how do you figure out what’s wrong… and how do you repair the faults so that you emerge stronger and saner? Kinktastic writer Ferrett Steinmetz will lead a discussion about how to fight fairly, how to be respectful to all the people in your poly web, and how to create a solid set of dealbreakers.

Effective Long-Distance Relationships
Your lover’s in another town, and you miss them. But how do you work to schedule things effectively? How do you endure the periods of longing? How do you resolve conflicts effectively when you might not see each other for months? Let Ferrett Steinmetz share all the ways he’s blown it, and guide you to better paths.

Ferrett Steinmetz Book Signing/Excuse To Meet Ferrett
Ferrett has a new book out – THE UPLOADED, about uploaded brains and broken families – and he wants to give you cookies and sign your books! But even if you don’t have a book (which you can buy from him), he’ll be standing in an area for an hour and happy to talk to you. If you’ve wanted to say “hello,” well, here’s your chance to chat!

How To Fight Fairly
It’d be lovely if every problem could be worked out with a calm, reasonable discussion – but this is the real world, and tempers rise. Relationship expert Ferrett Steinmetz discusses what separates a productive argument from a destructive argument, and will argue that good fights are not only necessary, but can actually bring you closer together.

Raven Kaldera

Raven Kaldera is a queer polyamorous FTM transgendered intersexual Northern Tradition shaman. He is the author of 39 books and innumerable articles on sexuality, spirituality, polyamory, BDSM, power exchange, and transgender issues. He is the 2014 Northeast Master titleholder, the managing editor of Alfred Press, a minister in the First Kingdom Church of Asphodel, the Evil Overlord of the Transsexual Empire, and a general troublemaker. He homesteads with his poly family on a little farm in Massachusetts, and can be found online at www.ravenkaldera.org. ‘Tis an ill wind that blows no minds.

Fur, Fangs, Feathers, Fetish: Primal Animal Play as Shamanic Totem Working
What’s the original meaning of the word “fetish”? It’s a magic charm carried to bestow strength and spiritual power. In shamanic cultures, those fetishes were often links to the spirits of totemic animals, to whom offerings were made. Today, some of us shapeshift into animal form in one way or another during sex in ways that are closer than we realize to those ancient practices. Raven the kinky shaman will discuss the hidden crossovers between shamanic totem work, Primal animal play, Furries, folkloric spirit-figures, and sexual mystery theater. (And, um, the beauty of tentacle porn. Maybe.)

Power, Surrender, and Safety: Negotiating Unequal Relationships When You’re Gender Transgressive
Power dynamic relationships – where one person has authority over the other, such as Leader/supportive, Dominant/submissive, or Master/slave – are sought out by transgender, genderqueer, and otherwise gender transgressive individuals as often as anyone else, for reasons both good and bad. However, we have special challenges when it comes to finding, negotiating, and maintaining our health and safety in these relationships. For transfolk, those who love them, and those who are just interested, this class will discuss the joys, problems, and dangers of trans power dynamics. Taught by the 2014 Northeast Master title holder, half of the first trans/trans couple to win that title, we’ll learn how to get what we need out of power exchange while staying safe and not settling for a less than optimal situation.

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