Professor Pamela Sneed Awarded a Creative Capital Award

Mădălina Telea Borteș
February 21, 2023

Adjunct Associate Professor of Visual Arts Pamela Sneed has been awarded a Creative Capital award for the 2023 cycle. Throughout her grant period, Sneed will continue work on America is Ready, a cross-disciplinary collection that “is predicated on Audre Lorde’s Poetry Is Not a Luxury and is meant to be a contemporary Howl from the perspective of a Black lesbian artist,” the award announcement explains.  

Alongside “new and epic poetry based on George Floyd, the Black Panther film, and travels in West Africa and South Africa, and focused on race, identity, gender, sexual orientation, and social justice,” America is Ready will also include a series of watercolors rendered by Sneed.

Established in 1999, Creative Capital is a nonprofit organization that hosts open calls for artists working at the cutting edge of experimentation and innovation in their respective field. The award Sneed received seeks to support “genre-defying literary work, and socially engaged and/or sustainable text-based practices.”

Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer, performer and 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. Her visual work was featured in the group show Omniscient (2021–22) at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York. Her book, Funeral Diva, won the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry.