We’ve Had Our Last Salon

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2013 by ngrboston

Naked Girls Reading Boston was the local chapter of Naked Girls Reading. We existed from January 2010 until March 2013 when Naked Girls Reading Headquarters decided not to renew our license.

If you think Boston should have a chapter of Naked Girls Reading, please write to the new managers, Elly & A.J., at nakedgirlsreading@gmail.com and show your support.

This blog is now closed, but you can still read about our previous salons, press appearances, and find a list of all the books we read.

We’d like to thank all our readers: Betty Blaize, Bride Alton, Cameryn Moore, Dalya du Sunshine, Devora Darling, Dr. Vicka, Fonda Feeling, Ivy Bowers, Jena Kitten, Jocelyn Cherry, Karina Valkyre, Lady Grey, Legs Malone, Lizzie Havoc, Mimi Mischief, Miss Mina, Mrs X Penumbra, Nasty Canasta, Scarlett Letter, St. Stella, Vikki Likkerish, and Vita Lightly.

We all loved getting naked and reading to you!

Grren and Bare It 3/16/13

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2013 by ngrboston

This was the last Naked Girls Reading in Boston as the new management has decided not to renew our chapter’s license. No, we don’t really understand why.

Because of the proximity to St. Patrick’s Day, we had an Irish theme to the readings. The Naked Girls were long time reader Vikki Likkerish, Jena Kitten, the newest Naked Girl, Lady Grey, and myself, Miss Mina.

We had so much fine that last time we read a Choose You Own Adventure with audience participation, we tried it again with The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles #8: The Irish Rebellion, April 1916. Sadly, it was not as successful — to much history lesson and tedious detail, not enough choice.

Cutting that short, Lady Grey entertained us with “The Furze Witch”, a traditional story from More Irish Fairy Tales by Sinéad de Valera.

I read 3 poems from W. B. Yeats, “Sailing to Byzantium”, “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven”, and his magnificent “The Second Coming”.

Jena read of Oscar Wilde and his bad behavior from Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors, the second book by Andrew Shaffer that we have featured. (It’s very entertaining and educational; you should read it.)

Vikki closed out the first half with the first part of Oscar Wilde’s depressing fairy tale, “The Fisherman and his Soul”.

After a short break, Vikki resumed reading “The Fisherman and his Soul”.

Jena then read 2 of C. S. Lewis’ letters from The Screwtape Letters.

Lest we ignore one of the most famous Irish writers, Lady Grey read a short section from the end of Ulysses, a piece of stream of consciousness writing that is practically poetry.

I finished the evening with a passage from Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes on how his family lost a room in their home and were evicted for it. His writing is so good and so funny, you might forget the misery of his subject matter.

On behalf of all the Naked Girls in the 3+ years we’ve been active, thank you so much for all your support. We really enjoyed presenting these salons for you. If you think Boston deserves to keep its Naked girls Reading chapter, please write to the new managers, Elly & A.J., at nakedgirlsreading@gmail.com. Maybe with a large enough show of support we can get our license back.

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March 16: Green & Bare It

Posted in Promo on February 24, 2013 by ngrboston

Green and Bare It!

Saturday, March 16, 8pm
B.A.B.E. Studio
119 Braintree St., #206
Allston, MA

A (naked) celebration of Irish poetry, literature, prose, nakedness, folklore, and nakedosity. Great works from great writes of The Emerald Isle as they were meant to be heard: read by naked girls.

Before you go out and ‘celebrate’ Erin by getting plastered on March 17, elevate your cultural awareness with us on March 16th!

Schedule to Appear:
Mina Murray, hostess
Lady Gray
Vikki Likkerish
Karina Valkyrie

and reading for the first time, new Naked Girl, Ava Starling!

Light refreshments available.

VERY LIMITING SEATING

Tickets $20 until March 9; $30 after that.

Get your tickets by calling (800) 838-3006 or on-line at http://greenandbareit.bpt.me/

Bar Havoc: Bare Necessity

Posted in In the News with tags on October 3, 2012 by ngrboston

A little something from one of the Naked Girls about her experience at “The Might Be Giants”:

BAR HAVOC: BARE NECESSITY
Posted on October 2, 2012 by BAR HAVOC

Public speaking has never really been my thing. I usually love to be the center of attention—I’m extroverted, outgoing, and certainly not shy. So why, when the time comes for all eyes to be on me, do I panic and wish I could melt into the floor? During my best friend’s maid of honor speech my hands were shaking so violently that I could barely read the words. “Poor girl,” I heard someone whisper, and I wanted to die.

I know that public speaking isn’t really the scariest thing in the world. I mean, you could be up there naked. Now that would be really scary. And that’s why I decided to do it.

This past Saturday night I took the stage at the Coolidge Corner Theatre with Naked Girls Reading and I bared it all for our special feature, “Short Writings Read By Tall Ladies.” I kept flashing to the wedding, my shaking hands and thought how trite that seemed now. What if I fell? Naked falling, naked coughing, naked stuttering, all hardly attractive. I had better pull it together.

The night of the show all I wanted was a glass of Jameson. Whiskey is good for the throat: It would calm my nerves and soothe my voice before I read. Then again, I was also going to be walking up to the microphone in five-inch heels. I decided Jameson wasn’t in the cards.

“I guess you can’t picture the audience naked,” one of my friends joked, hardly making me feel better.

When the time came, my name was read aloud and I rose, carelessly tossing my robe to the floor and approaching the microphone. No shaking hands, no Elvis leg. I took a breath and found that I was smiling, and I began to read to the audience of 80. I found that what nerves I did have was from the fact that the stories I was reading were my own, things I had only shared with close friends and my pen and paper.

Now I was standing naked, reading my innermost thoughts to strangers.

It felt amazing, and I found that I was sad when it was over.

A man approached me after the show as I was putting my robe back on. “Wow,” he said, “you would have been naked reading that stuff even if you had clothes on. Thank you so much for sharing that with us. Please keep writing.”

I beamed; I was so happy that someone pointed out my writing when all I probably would have said was, “boobies boobies boobies boobies.”

I walked home alone, my jeans and boots safely back where they belonged and I felt so great.

This was something I had feared for so long, and I couldn’t believe how well it went, how calm I was, and how unafraid I actually was once I just focused at the task at hand, evened my breathing and just swallowed that fear and sheer panic.

It had rained while I was inside the theatre, and the bars had closed. Luckily I knew one that was still closing up—I had one last story to tell, and there was a bottle of Jameson with my name on it.

They Might Be Giants

Posted in Promo on August 6, 2012 by ngrboston

Tall girls reading short stories!


It’s the biggest Naked Girls Reading ever! Well, the tallest, anyway. We’ve got over thirty linear feet of Naked Girls reading some of the best flash fiction ever written. Every performer is at least 5’10” tall in her bare feet! Featuring: Betty Blaize, a Boston Babydoll, known as “six feet of fun”; Karina Valkyrie from Hudson, MA, a first-time Naked Girl who stands 6’1”; Legs Malone from New York City, who at 5’11” is billed as ‘The Girl with the Thirty-Four-and-a-Half Inch Inseam’; Lizzie Havoc, a local writer and bartender who at 6’3” is the tallest of the readers; and ‘Vita Lightly’, the alter-ego of former Boston Babydoll and professional model, Sarah Hartshorne, who is 5’10”.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 the day of the show and are available HERE.

Memory Lane 7/1/12

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2012 by ngrboston

Our theme for this salon was books we Naked Girls enjoyed as children. Our readers were Miss Mina (myself), Fonda Feeling (the once and future Naked Girl), and Lady Grey (first time Naked Girl). Sadly Jena Kitten fell victim to the heat and was unable to join us.

We began with By Balloon to the Sahara, a Choose Your Own Adventure book. When we got to a choice, the audience voted, and the book passed to the next Naked Girl. It was an awful lot of fun and I suspect we’ll be doing it again.

Lady Grey started off with the beloved Boston classic Make Way for Ducklings.

Fonda Feeling read a few poems about childhood from Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh.

One of my favorite books was The House With a Clock In Its Walls by John Bellairs. I fiendishly did not read a passage that explained why there was a clock in the walls of the house.

Fonda Feeling is a mere stripling compared to the rest of us and the Harry Potter books came out when she was just a kid. She read the passage from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban where Harry receives the Marauders’ Map.

Lady Grey read a chapter from Roald Dahl’s Matilda about how the tiny girl devours every children’s book in the library and moves on to Dickens and Hemmingway, at the age of four.

We really could not have a reading of childhood books without including Where the Wild Things Are. I’m thrilled that I got to be the one to share how Max made mischief of one kind and another.

We finished out the evening by sharing Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book to wish everyone a good night.

Our next salon, Tall Tails, will be on Saturday, September 22nd at midnight at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Memory Lane, July 1st

Posted in Promo on May 22, 2012 by ngrboston

We all read things that will stay with us our entire lives and the Naked Girls are no exception. In this month’s salon, they share the works that left an impression from childhood: sweet, funny, sad, creepy, and more. Plus we’ll be doing an interactive reading of a “Choose Your Own Adventure” with the audience! Your hostess, Mina Murray, is joined by favorite NGRs Jena Kitten and Fonda Feeling, and brand-new Naked Girl Lady Grey.

The salon will be held at the Boston Academy of Burlesque Education, 119 Braintree St., Allston, MA. at 8pm

Tickets are $20 until June 23 and $30 after. Admission limited!

Call (800) 838-3006 or visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/250887 for tickets.

Burlesque! 4-6-12

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2012 by ngrboston

Continuing the tradition of have a Naked Girls Reading salon at The Great Burlesque Exposition, this year the theme was “burlesque”, a fitting choice.

Our readers were Miss Mina (me), Nasty Canasta producer of Naked Girls Reading NYC, and St. Stella from Toronto (filling in at the last minute for a Naked Girl trapped on the wrong coast).

We started with a group reading of the short story “The Price of Freedom” by Carmel Lockyer from Ultimate Burlesque, a collection of erotic stories. All London is celebrating the end of the War and the Blue Moon Burlesque is putting on a special show. Will Sylvia get her hands on a pair of scarce silk stockings and upstage her catty rival?

Next I read a selection from Gypsy Rose Lee’s autobiography, Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper, about her first performance as a stripper. It’s marvelously descriptive and terribly funny.

Nasty Canasta read the reminiscences of Sunny Dare, who worked the carnival circuit, as told to Jane Briggeman in Burlesque: A Living History.

As I mentioned, St. Stella jumped in at the last minute (and we are so grateful to her!) and she didn’t know what to read. Ab Horance, saved the day by happening to have a copy of Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver by Becki Ross. Stella read a fascinating section on censorship.

Boston burlesque is very near to my heart, so I chose a section from

Banned in Boston: Memoirs of a Stripper by Lillian Kiernan Brown about the days when young Lily Ann Rose dreamed of stardom backstage at The Casino and saw Peaches, Queen of Shake, perform her famous dance.

We closed out the show with Nasty Canasta reading from Ann Corio’s This Was Burlesque. After she read the section about Carrie Finnell’s particular style of tassel twirling, we were all wishing we could have seen it. Our wishes were answered the next night by Donna Denise in The Main Event!

Thank you for coming out for a little unclothed literature at the Burlesque Expo! Our next salon will be in June.

Literary Boston 2-25-12

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by ngrboston

There are so many great authors who live or lived in Boston and some who even wrote about it. For our first salon of 2012 (starting our 3rd year!) we read works from some of those authors. It was hard to choose just a few!

We started off with a shared reading of a little history lesson about the earliest days of Massachusetts from The True Travels, Adventures And Observations Of Captain John Smith V1: In Europe, Asia, Africa And America, 1593-1629.

Miss Mina jumped to the present day with Dennis Lehane’s A Drink Before the War. Private detective Patrick Kenzie musing about his home neighborhood of Dorchester and the very different Dorchester his suspect lives in.

Jena Kitten chose Robert Frost’s poem “snow”, which can be found in the collection Robert Frost’s Poems.

Betty Blaize wrapped up the first half of the salon with Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling story, “The Tell-Tale Heart”. Poe is also claimed by New York and Baltimore, but he was born in Boston and served in the army at Fort Independence, now Castle Island. The story can be found in Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Tough guy private detective Spenser has been living and working in Boston since the 1960’s. In God Save the Child he meets the love of his life and Miss Mina read about their first date.

Betty has a fondness for pigs and she read a selection from The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood about the title character’s short lived modeling career. She thought the book was set in Western Massachusetts, realized it was New Hampshire, and decided it was too good to pass up.

Besides short stories, Poe also wrote poems and Jena graced us with the haunting “Annabel Lee”, also to be found in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385074077/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bostonbabydol-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0385074077">Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Science fiction author Jennifer Pelland usually writes stories about people uncomfortable in their own skins. They are that much more disturbed when set in familiar territory, like Cambridge or Somerville. Mina read the uncharacteristically sweet and dreamlike story “Last Bus” from the collection Unwelcome Bodies. Jen will be reading from her new novel Machine at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester on March 17th (and bellydancing to Irish music too!)

Betty ended the salon with “The Wreck of the Hesperus” by legendary poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Thank you for joining us! Our next salon will be on Friday, April 6th at The Great Burlesque Exposition and will feature readers from several NGR chapters.

Casting for February 25

Posted in Uncategorized on February 16, 2012 by ngrboston

Ahoy there!

We’re looking for one more reader to join Naked Girls, Mina Murray, Betty Blaize, and Jena Kitten on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8:00 p.m. The theme is Literary Boston — writings by inhabitants or natives of Boston, or writings about Boston. Interested in joining us? Read on!

The N.G.R. F.A.Q.

Do I have to be naked?
Yes. Many readers wear accessories — jewelry, stockings, improbably shoes, hats, hair flowers, and even elf ears, — but you need to be essentially naked.

Do I have to be a girl?
Yes. That’s the word from the home office in Chicago. We currently define “girl” as “exhibiting the primary and secondary physical sexual characteristics of an adult biological female”, so post-op transsexuals and those who were born biologically female are welcome to audition to read.

Do I have to read?
Yes. NGR is at least as much about the reading as it is about the naked girls. You need to be able to read in a clear, pleasing voice. You don’t need to be a trained actress or singer, just comfortable reading aloud in front of an audience.

Do I have to be a certain age?
Yes. You must be at least 18 years old.

Do I have to look a certain way?
Absolutely not. We accept readers of all sizes, shapes, races, and colors. We accept readers with tattoos, piercings, brandings, scarification, freckles, and birthmarks.

Do I get paid?
Yup. Usually the same night. Usually $50.00

Can my friends come?
Your friends are welcome to buy tickets, but we only have 30 seats to sell, so we don’t offer complimentary tickets most of the time.

Where does this happen?
The salon on Saturday, Feb. 25 will take place at B.A.B.E., The Boston Academy of Burlesque Education, 119 Braintree St., Allston, MA. It’s about 10 minutes from the nearest T stop (Harvard St. on the Green line) and there are also two large, free parking lots.

O.K. I want to audition!
Fabulous! Please send a little something about yourself (any relevant experience or training) and a picture of yourself (preferably nude or semi-nude) to NGRboston@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.