Brontez Purnell is a writer, musician, dancer, ﬁlmmaker, and performance artist. He is the author
of a graphic novel, a novella, a children's book, and the novel Since I Laid My Burden Down. The
recipient of a 2018 Whiting Writers' Award for Fiction, he was named one of the thirty-two Black
Male Writers of Our Time by T: The New York Times Style Magazine in 2018. Purnell is also the
frontman for the band the Younger Lovers, a cofounder of the experimental dance group the Brontez
Purnell Dance Company, the creator of the renowned cult zine Fag School, and the director of
several short ﬁlms, music videos, and the documentary Unstoppable Feat: The Dances of Ed Mock. Born
in Triana, Alabama, he's lived in Oakland, California, for more than a decade.