Adult Contemporary

Performa 17 Hub

427 Broadway
New York, NY 10013


Adult Contemporary is a mobile reading and performance series founded in 2013 by Svetlana Kitto and Katie Brewer-Ball. The series asks artists, academics, performers, and writers to "read" in whatever way they see fit; to play off each other; to use words, movements, sounds or textures, in a salon-style site of experimentation, genre collapse, and extraordinary conversation. This iteration features readings by performer Erin Markey, Jospeh M. Piece, assistant professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook, as well as poet and performer Pamela Sneed.  

Named one of "Brooklyn's 50 Funniest People" (Brooklyn Magazine), NYC based Erin Markey makes music, shows, and videos. She was listed in Artforum's Top Ten Best Music of 2016 and is currently in residence at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater. She is a company member of Obie award-winning Half Straddle, and co-composed music with Chris Giarmo for Tina Satter's Ghost Rings. Recent works include A Ride On The Irish Cream (Abrons Arts Center, 2016) which she co-composed with Emily Bate and Kenny Mellman, Boner Killer (Joe's Pub, 2017), and the upcoming Singlet (The Bushwick Starr, 2018.).


Joseph M. Pierce (Cherokee) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University. His research focuses on kinship, gender, sexuality, and race in Latin America, 19th-century literature and culture, and hemispheric approaches to citizenship and belonging. He is currently completing a book manuscript on queer relationships in modern Argentina. He also collaborates with the Cuir Americas Working Group, and with La Poderosa Media Project, a community-based visual arts program that encourages youth empowerment, cultural empathy, and collaborative learning. His upcoming work explores desire and queerness in Abya Yala/Turtle Island.

Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer, and performer. She is the 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 The New Yorker, Time Out, Bomb, VIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. She has appeared in Art Forum and The Huffington Post. In 2017, She was a Visiting Critic at Yale and Columbia University. She is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts for 2017/18. She is online faculty at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute teaching Human Rights and Writing Art. She has performed at the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Poetry Project, NYU and Pratt Universities, Smack Mellon Gallery,  The High Line, and was an artist- in- residence at Pratt University, Denniston Hill and Poet-Linc, Lincoln Center Education. Her collage work appeared in Avram Finklestein's FOUND at The Leslie Lohman Museum in 2017. Her work appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, “The 100 Best African American Poets.” Her forthcoming chapbook, Sweet Dreams, will be published by Belladonna in February 2018.


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