Pamela Sneed was the Coordinator of the HMI Drop-In Center on West Street during the 1990’s. Today, Pamela is a New York-based poet, performer and visual artist. Her memoir, Funeral Diva, which documents growing up in the midst of the AIDS crisis and focuses on the experiences of Black queer women won the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for lesbian poetry. She has served as a panelist for The David Zwirner Gallery’s More Life exhibit and has spoken at Bard Center for Humanities, The Ford Foundation, The Gordon Parks Foundation, Columbia University, The New School and NYU’s Center For Humanities. She currently has work on view at the at the Leslie Lohman Museum and recently won the 2021 Black Queer Art Mentorship award for her leadership and literary talent.

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