Ella Boureau


An Interview with Ella Boureau by Whiskey Blue

Ella Boureau writes erotica. She also runs the online magazine and reading series In the Flesh. Earlier this year, Boureau co-edited The Uncensored Collection: Lesbian Erotica by members of Private Commission. Along with Samantha Barrow, Diana Cage, and Claudine Lanthenay, Boureau belongs to the writing group Private Commission. The anthology they put out contains work that has been considered too controversial for more mainstream venues like the longstanding anthology Best Lesbian Erotica. Boureau sent a story to Best Lesbian Erotica before putting together this anthology; in fact, the guest editor accepted Boureau’s story for publication. Then the head editor rejected it. The story is called Cottonmouth. It tells the tale of young cousins who share a sexual experience. It also features a snake. It’s worth a read. In this interview, Ella Boureau waxes philosophical, and political, on queer literature, what makes fiction erotic, and Best Lesbian Erotica’s curious treatment of Cottonmouth. It turns out that, since rejecting Boureau’s piece, BLE has updated its submissions guidelines with a number of “Don’ts” that seem to have been pulled straight out of Cottonmouth.

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