Funeral Diva: Pamela Sneed with Tommy Pico: Lit Cast Live Episode 136
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This event is now available to watch on our YouTube page, along with the rest of our 2020 festival programming. Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers “This notable achievement...is a harrowing account of how Sneed transforms violence and pain into an artist's life." —Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: A Lyric In this collection of personal essays and poetry, acclaimed Brooklyn-based poet/performer Pamela Sneed details her coming of age in New York City during the late 1980s. Funeral Diva (City Lights) captures the impact of AIDS on Black Queer life, and highlights the enduring bonds between the living, the dying, and the dead. Sneed's poems not only converse with lovers past and present, but also with her literary forebears—like James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde—whose aesthetic and thematic investments she renews for a contemporary American landscape. Offering critical focus on matters from police brutality to LGBTQ+ rights, Funeral Diva confronts today's most pressing issues with acerbic wit and audacity. The collection closes with Sneed's reflections on the two pandemics of her time, AIDS and COVID-19, and the disproportionate impact of each on African American communities. Sneed discusses and reads from her work, alongside poet and Literary Hub editor Tommy Pico. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation Buy the authors' books: Pamela Sneed -- http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100510140&fa=description Tommy Pico -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781947793576 Browse Litquake's bookstore here -- https://bookshop.org/shop/litquake
The Asterisk Conversations #2 | Simon(e) van Saarloos, Pamela Sneed, Jolyn Phillips
In the second Writers Unlimited podcast, philosopher and writer Simon(e) van Saarloos invites the New York-based poet, performer, visual artist, and educator Pamela Sneed for an Asterisk conversation – “een sterretjesgesprek”. Asterik conversations expand and overlap, trusting that different themes and threads interweave and cross, influencing each other. The asterisk resists the idea of core business, of a single issue struggle (Audre Lorde) or truth with a capital T. As Jack Halberstam writes in Trans*: the asterisk refuses to “situate transition in relation to destination, a final form, a specific shape, or an established configuration of desire and identity”.The Asterisk Conversations features each episode a writer overseas and invites a maker based in The Netherlands to create a new work in response. This way, each podcast ends with the beginning of a new conversation. And this time it was very obvious that we should invite Jolyn Phillips to respond. Jolyn is a writer, poet, composer, singer and activist. Her 2016 debut collection of short stories, Tjieng Tjang Tjerries, received critical praise, was shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Prize for best debut, and won the NIHSS Prize for best fiction. Phillips herself adapted the stories for the stage. More of her poems and short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies.Credits The Asterisk Conversations #2 | Writers UnlimitedGuests: Pamela Sneed & Jolyn PhillipsHost: Simon(e) van SaarloosEditor: Ilonka ReintjensAudio editor: Jörgen Gario Unom JGTranscription: Terry EzraThanks to: Robin Vinck
Pamela Sneed is a poet, performance artist, and the author of several books: Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than of Slavery KONG And Other Works (Vintage Entity Press, 2009) and the chapbook, Lincoln (2014). Her poems and monologues have also been anthologized in The 100 Best African American Poems, edited by Nikki Giovanni. Recent publications include work in Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays, and Future Perfect, and the forthcoming Funeral Diva, which we cannot wait to hold in our hands. A committed teacher, spoken word artist, and activist, Pamela's work reaches communities everywhere. We spoke with Pamela via zoom during the pandemic and the social protests against police brutality and murder of Black individuals. She had just completed her first piece of public art in Lower Manhattan, which you can see in a photograph on our podcast's website. /////////////// Follow us: TWITTER - @ulibaer / @corklinedRoom INSTAGRAM - @ulinyc / @carolineweber2020 (THE PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE) - @proust.questionnaire PAMELA SNEED - @pamela_sneed //////////////// Listen to the Podcast on: APPLE PODCASTS - Proust Questionnaire Podcast SPOTIFY - Proust Questionnaire Podcast YOUTUBE: Ulrich Baer //////////////// Thanks for listening! :) Uli Baer & Caroline Weber.
Transforming Ourselves: Pamela Sneed speaks on "Sweet Dreams"
On this episode of circuit gaze we will be pulling from the archives, so to speak, presenting clips of a conversation with Pamela Sneed, centered around her courageous memoir “Sweet Dreams” published in 2018. Here we get into the importance of narratives that reflect the lives of the QTPOC, and more specifically the stories of black queer women, the genre bending aspects of her book, and being seen.this episode hosted: jamika ajalonCircuit Gaze is a produced via the publishing site with a symbol for a name at www.lpressl.com Hosts/Producers: Jamika Ajalon & Fork BurkeSound Design/Edit & Narration Jamika Ajalon
Artist Nona Faustine reads the first part of Pamela Sneed’s Kong, published in 2009, and read by Faustine in Brooklyn, New York, 2016. Nona Faustine is an American photographer and visual artist. Since 2014, Nona Faustine has been a media sensation. The photographs of her body taken at former slave sites of New York City undermine the dominant narrative of the city’s white-washed history.
Patricia Silva talks with Pamela Sneed, an American poet, performance artist, actress, activist, and teacher. When i first read Pamela Sneed’s Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, my mind was still reeling from the graphic imagery of the Rodney King beating by police. Years later, Pamela published Kong, and by the time of our interview in 2016, America is again facing the consequences of its embedded racism. Racism is not just an exclusive US problem, but the relationship to racism here is very specific. Swirling in the media imagery at the time of our interview in July, was a story about a 4-year-old who fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, and whose parents were inevitably met with racist comments. Once again the image of a black or brown body harks back to an othering shaped by the public dialogue of another era: that of an undomesticated animal. I spoke with Pamela about these two books, her trips to Western Africa in the 90s, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, and other influential artists and moments that shaped Pamela’s foundation as poet and performer.
Letter to Paul Bowles from Jane Bowles, 1948, read by Pamela Sneed
Letter to Paul Bowles, August, 1948, read by Pamela SneedDear JanePuppet Play & Readings DocumentationMonday, January 23, 2017Artists Space Books & Talks55 Walker Streethttp://artistsspace.org/materials/dear-jane
Friday Reading SeriesJanice A. Lowe, composer and poet, is a co-founder of the Dark Room Collective. Her collection, Leaving CLE poems of nomadic dispersal (Miami University Press) moves from Cleveland to NYC to Tuscaloosa’s “schoolhouse door” and back. She is also the author of the chapbook SWAM (Belladonna Series). Her poems have been published in Callaloo, American Poetry Review, In the Tradition and The Hat and appear on a digital album with Drew Gardner’s Poetics Orchestra. Her essays have appeared in Sing the Sun Up and The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook. She was a writer-in-residence with Melted Away’s The American Dream Project. A Jonathan Larson Dramatists Guild Fellow, she is the composer of 5 full-length musicals and well over 200 songs for theater/musical theater/opera, which have been performed extensively in New York City and regionally. Her love of setting all manner of text to music has resulted in collaborations with writers Tyehimba Jess, Nehassaiu deGannes, Jenni Lamb and others. As a pianist-vocalist, she has performed with The Jones Twins and with the experimental bands w/o a net, HAGL and Digital Diaspora. She teaches youth songwriting workshops and has taught Poetry and Performance at Purchase College and at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program. She holds an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts.Pamela Sneed is a New York based poet and actress. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time Out, Bomb, VIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery (Henry Holt, 1998), KONG (Vintage Entity Press, 2009) and the chapbook Lincoln (2014). Her work is included in the 100 Best African American Poems edited by Nikki Giovanni, Best Monologues from Best American Short Plays 2013, and Ping Pong Magazine.