Join us for a celebration of Pamela Sneed‘s Sweet Dreams (Belladonna* 2018), a hybrid work of poetry, essay, and memoir that confronts issues of in/visibility; relationships, community, and inclusion/exclusion; writing and transformation–through anecdotes from Sneed’s own life, interwoven with analyses of pop culture, and buoyed by the wisdom of mentors such as Sekou Sundiata and Audre Lorde. Pamela will be joined by special guest readers Shelley Marlow, Roya Marsh, and Tracie Morris.
Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer, performer and emerging visual artist. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery, KONG and Other Works and a chaplet, “Gift” by Belladonna. 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 has appeared in Art Forum, The Huffington Post and Hyperallergic. In 2017, she was a Visiting Critic at Yale and Columbia University. She is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts for 2017/18. She is online faculty at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute teaching Human Rights and Writing Art and has also been a Visiting Artist at SAIC in the MFA summer low-res program for 3 consecutive years. She has performed at the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Poetry Project, NYU and Pratt Universities, Smack Mellon Gallery, The High Line, Performa, Danspace, The Bessies, Performance Space, Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater, SMFA, BRIC and was an artist- in- residence at Pratt University, Denniston Hill and Poet-Linc, Lincoln Center Education. She has toured internationally. She directed a final showcase at Lincoln Center Atrium. Her collage work appeared in Avram Finklestein’s FOUND at The Leslie Lohman Museum in 2017. She has created cover collage work for an upcoming Issue of Sinister Wisdom, (2018) Legacies of Resistance, “Dump Trump.” She has received a Monica Hand, July 2018 scholarship for the Fine Arts Workshop in Provincetown. Her work is widely anthologized and appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, “The 100 Best African American Poems.” Her short story book Sweet Dreams was published by Belladonna in April 2018. Visit http://www.belladonnaseries.org/sweet-dreams/
Shelley Marlow is the author of a novel, Two Augusts In a Row In a Row (Publication Studio Portland 2015) and the art edition of Two Augusts In a Row In a Row with drawings and paintings by Marlow (Publication Studio Hudson 2017). Marlow was awarded an Acker Award for avant garde excellence in writing in 2017.
Bronx, New York native, Roya Marsh, is a nationally ranked poet/performer/educator/activist. She is the Poet in Residence with Urban Word NYC and works feverishly toward LGBTQIA justice and dismantling white supremacy.
Roya’s work has been featured in Poetry Magazine, Flypaper Magazine, Frontier Poetry, Nylon Magazine, the Village Voice, Huffington Post, Blavity, The Root, Button Poetry, Def Jam’s All Def Digital, Lexus Verses and Flow, NBC, BET and the Breakbeat Poets Black Girl Magic Anthology (Haymarket 2018).
Tracie Morris has performed, researched and presented work in 30 countries. Her sound poetry been featured at numerous institutions, such as Dia Art Foundation, The Kitchen Performance Space, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Biennial. Morris is the recipient of awards, fellowships, and grants for poetry and performance, including New York Foundation for the Arts, Asian Cultural Council, Franklin Furnace and Creative Capital fellowships as well as residencies at Millay, Yaddo and MacDowell colonies. She is the writer/editor of 7 books. Her most recent poetry collection is Hard Kore: Poemes/Per-Form: Poems of Mythos and Place (also her first collection in French translation, joca seria, 2017). Her creative non-fiction work, “WhoDo With Words” debuted in 2018. She is a former fellow of Cave Canem and the CPCW Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Tracie holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, CUNY, a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University, and has studied acting technique at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and is a certified and Registered voice coach. She is a 2018 Master Artist in Residence for the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the 2018 WPR Fellow at Harvard University.