Brontez Purnell

ByUlrike Steffel

Brontez Purnell

Brontez Purnell is a zinester, writer, dancer, and musician who lives in Oakland, California. Originally from Triana, Alabama, Purnell has been publishing, performing, and curating in the Bay Area for over 17 years. Brontez has written for various publications, including Cakeboy, San Francisco Weekly, Maximum Rock & Roll and Harpers. He is the author of »Fag School«, »The Cruising Diaries«, and »Johnny Would You Love Me If . . . (My Dick Were Bigger)«. He is a 2018 Whiting Award winner in fiction for his book »Since I Laid My Burden Down«. He is the front man for the band The Younger Lovers and cofounder with Sophia Wang of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company (BPDC). Composed of movers and artists of all disciplines, the company builds works that combine punk rock subversion and free jazz improvisation. He has also created several works for dance on video.

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