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Paradise Regained: Black Queer Writers Read (in person and live-streaming)

September 21 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Three Black gay writers, each of whom released a new book in 2022, gather for a fierce read. Hosted by the inimitable Pamela Sneed. Featuring Jafari Allen, David Ambrose Jackson, & Cary Alan Johnson.

This event will take place in person at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, on the second floor (room 210) of The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC, 10011.

Registration is not required. Seating is first come, first served.

Also live-streaming on the Bureau’s YouTube channel


Safety protocol

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

If you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 in the days leading up to the event, we ask you to please stay home.

Please note that masks are required at all times inside The LGBT Community Center, where the Bureau is located.

Suggested donation $10 to benefit the Bureau’s work.

All are welcome to attend, with or without donation.

We will pass a bag for donations at the start of the event, but we can also take credit card donations at the register.

Cosponsored by:

Bloom International
Other Countries: Black Gay Men Writing

Books by all of the authors available on the Bureau’s online store and at our physical store. These books will also be available for purchase at the event. To reserve a copy (copies) of any of these titles, please write to us at

Thank you for supporting the Bureau by purchasing books from us!





Jafari Allen is is Director of Africana Studies and Co-Director of the University of Miami Center for Global Black Studies. His monograph, There’s a disco ball between us: a Theory of Black Gay Life, was published by Duke University Press in 2022 .


David Ambrose Jackson was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for his debut novel, State of the Nation. His new novel, Unlawful DISorder, has been lauded as “…a cutting portrayal of the failings of America’s mental health system.”


Cary Alan Johnson is an author, activist, and Africanist and. founder of the Other Countries writer’s collective. His debut novel, Desire Lines, was published in September 2022 by Querelle Press.


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. Sneed has performed the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Poetry Project, The High Line, the New Museum, and the Toronto Biennale. She appears in Nikki Giovanni’s “The 100 Best African American Poems,” and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.


September 21
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Bureau of General Services—Queer Division


Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210
New York, NY 10011 United States
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