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Brontez Purnell on his Memoir in Verse and a Life of Making Transgressive Art

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Brontez Purnell's new book is called "Ten Bridges I've Burnt: A Memoir in Verse" (San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst Newspapers via Getty Images)

Oakland’s Brontez Purnell is so many things. As he writes in “Ten Bridges I’ve Burnt,” his new memoir in verse, “I am a troubled Negro youth in his 40s neglecting self care.” He’s also the frontman for the punk band the Younger Lovers, a dancer, a performance artist, a queer zine-maker, the author of the critically acclaimed “100 Boyfriends,” as well as a raconteur and truth seeker. He joins us to talk about his life and his art.


Brontez Purnell, author, "Ten Bridges I've Burnt: A Memoir in Verse" and "100 Boyfriends"; musician


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