"What happens when someone describes our society, and you are not in it? Such an experience can be disorienting - a moment of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing."

- Ronald Takaki


Spring Up is an independent press creating and publishing accessible and diverse content with a purpose.

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Millennial Sex Education

We just finished our first book, I've Never Done This Before, which is the first installment in the MILLENNIAL SEX and MILLENNIAL SEX EDUCATION trilogy. Each volume contains short stories that explore issues of consent, desire, and millennial sexuality. Each volume is available in a MILLENNIAL SEX EDUCATION format appropriate for ages 16+ intended as an educational resource for individuals, partners, families and communities, as well as an uncut erotic MILLENNIAL SEX edition appropriate for ages 18+.

MILLENNIAL SEX EDUCATION is a vivid, gripping exploration of sexuality today. At times heartbreaking, at times cynical, at times enchantingly hopeful, this series takes us into the minds and experiences of thirteen very different narrators as they each develop from a state of sexual dissatisfaction or naïveté to sexual maturity through several key sexual experiences. The varied and unique intimate moments they each create for themselves allow each character to discover a partner who in turn helps them understand their own desires and sense of self. We meet and experience "millennial sex" through these narrators, who are as varied in their identities and sexual interests as in their perceptions of the world they live in, and we discover more and more about each character as the series unfolds, both through their own perceptions, and through the eyes of their partner. 

In the first volume in the trilogy, I've Never Done This Before, we try something new with each of our first five narrators- whether it’s losing their virginity, trying something taboo, or engaging in digital cruising- each of these new experiences changes each person’s perceptions of their self and their sexuality. In the second volume, We've Never Done This Before, we enter the perspectives of the partners of some of the first characters, and meet two new couples, to explore the dynamics of different types of intimate relationships, and how trying something new brings out and transforms these dynamics. The third volume in the trilogy, Let's Take a Trip, is about pushing out of your comfort zone and having a transformative experience with a partner in ways that are not necessarily sexual, but which affect one’s life forever. 

Too often the moments that shape who we are exist in the unspoken shadows, in the quiet space of our inner being, unnoticed and unresolved. These are the moments we explore through the perspectives of our narrators, through their hopes and fantasies, traumas and desires; through things they've never done before. Experience the erotic and intimate moments of a generation with MILLENNIAL SEX EDUCATION. 

Read excerpts of the book on our tumblr.

In the hopes of making this information more accessible to those who need it, we decided to make MILLENNIAL SEX EDUCATION: I've Never Done This Before available FOR FREE DOWNLOAD here on our website.

Please consider sending a donation or becoming a patron to help us continue to provide accessible content. You can also receive a FREE copy of the full erotic edition, as well as sneak previews of Volume 2 & 3 by becoming a patron through the Phoenix Moment Patreon.

Purchase a digital copy of the full uncut erotic edition of MILLENNIAL SEX on our website below:


everyday heroes

"The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others."

- bell hooks

We are told that we must dress a certain way, move in ways that won't provoke negative attention; our society and media often teach us that we need to respectfully translate ourselves into the "norm" or we become ostracized or attacked. Those who fall outside of expected gender roles are cast as deviant, black & PoC bodies are frequently deemed "threatening" by their very existence, and survivors of sexual assault are typically blamed for inviting their attackers by virtue of what they were wearing. Often, it feels safer not to be ourselves.

We shot this project last August, in Wynwood, Miami and were inspired by Miami-based LGBT/femme/and PoC collectives, as well as local artists, problem-solvers, and entrepreneurs. We decided to highlight the innovation and imagination of these inspiring Everyday Heroes through a street-style photoshoot, funded by the generous support of our community on Indiegogo. The shoot grew into a beautiful project and experience for all involved and we are very excited to present it in the forthcoming coffee table book. 

We were fortunate enough to have an incredible volunteer team who made this all possible. Many of our team were interviewed for the trailer above. Team photoshoot by Alexandra Barberio. 

Pictured above in order from left to right:

Khalfani Campbell - Production Assistant

Arielle Wolff-Sachs - Production Assistant

Shaina Michelle Doliny - Stylist

Angel Schmiedt - Production Manager

Makeda McClune - Fundraising

Desire Ashley Orr - Photographer

Mayowa Willoughby - Production Assistant

Pictured above from left to right

Hair styling provided by Edwin from Junior and Hatter

RV provided by PLP Coach Inc. 

Make Up provided by Elsa Vazquez from MAKEUP by Rory


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