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Celebrate Atlanta Pride: Pamela Sneed in celebration of Funeral Diva

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis and Atlanta Pride celebrate Pamela Sneed in conversation with Special Guest for Funeral Diva, a poetic memoir about coming-of-age in the AIDS era, and its effects on life and art.

In this collection of personal essays and poetry, acclaimed poet and performer Pamela Sneed details her coming of age in New York City during the late 1980s. Funeral Diva 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. 

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

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We will be archiving this event and adding closed captioning as soon as possible after airing so that it will be accessible to deaf and HOH people. If you have other accessibility needs or if you are someone who has skills in making digital events more accessible please don't hesitate to reach out to info@chariscircle.org. We are actively learning the best practices for this technology and we welcome your feedback as we begin this new way of connecting across distances.

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Event address: 
Online
Funeral Diva Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9780872868113
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: City Lights Books - October 27th, 2020

A poetic memoir about coming-of-age in the AIDS era, and its effects on life and art.

"She is a writer for the future, in that she defies genre."--Hilton Als


Event Summary: 
Charis and Atlanta Pride celebrate Pamela Sneed in conversation with Special Guest for Funeral Diva, a poetic memoir about coming-of-age in the AIDS era, and its effects on life and art.