The Poetry Project


Sade LaNay & Pamela Sneed

Black femme care, imagination, conversation, and voice are celebrated in all their uncategorizable breadths in two new books from Sade LaNay and Pamela Sneed: I love you and I’m not dead and Funeral Diva. These works sing with clear-eyed perspective into webs of both grief and gratitude. Crossing genre, time, terrain, and community, their many speakers and presences shine with brilliance and endurance, critical lightning, and deep heart.

Public Health Precautions

This is tentatively planned as a live outdoor event at St. Mark's Church. We are following (and exceeding) recommendations laid out by NY State for outdoor gatherings. These include: limiting the number of attendees, including event participants, to under 30; setting up seating with fixed and socially distant spacing; requiring and providing face masks, as well hand sanitizer stations. We will have 3 microphones on hand, and will be rotating / sanitizing these between readings. Attendees are required to register in advance, and contact information is collected at the point of registration in the event that we need to support any public health efforts around contact tracing. We are grateful to attendees for helping us maintain safety within our present public health context, and look forward to holding meaningful shared listening space together.

This event will also be livestreamed on The Poetry Project's social media channels.

We thank Inclusive Communication Services for providing ASL interpretation at this event.

Enthusiastic readers and followers of LaNay's and Sneed's work are encouraged to purchase their books. I love you and I'm not dead is available for purchase directly from Argos Books. Funeral Diva is available for purchase with a 30% discount directly from City Lights Books.