Writing Sex: Pamela Sneed

Jonathan Alexander interviews Pamela Sneed about her book "Funeral Diva," a memoir in poetry and prose.

By Jonathan AlexanderOctober 9, 2022

    WRITING SEX is a series of short interviews with contemporary writers who are breaking new ground in writing about sex and sexuality. Sometimes ribald but always smart, these writers push the limits of our ability to imagine what sex is, what it means, and what it could be.


    Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, performer, visual artist, and educator. She is the author of Funeral Diva (City Lights Books, 2020), Sweet Dreams (Belladonna*, 2018), KONG (Vintage Entity Press, 2009), Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery (Holt, 1998), and others. She appears in Nikki Giovanni’s The 100 Best African American Poems, and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.


    HOST: Jonathan Alexander, Special Projects Editor at LARB and Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine http://www.the-blank-page.com

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    Jonathan Alexander is the author, co-author, or co-editor of 22 books, including the Creep trilogy, which consists of Creep: A Life, A Theory, An Apology (finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, 2017); Bullied: The Story of an Abuse (2021); and Dear Queer Self: An Experiment in Memoir (2022). Other recent books include the memoir Stroke Book: The Diary of a Blindspot (2021) and the scholarly work Writing and Desire: Queer Ways of Composing (2023). Alexander is Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine. 

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