Brian Broome with Damon Young
Poet and screenwriter Brian Broome, presently on the faculty of the creative writing program at the University of Pittsburgh puts it on the page with beautiful urgency and eloquence in his autobiographical first book, Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). This is Brian Broome’s reckoning on and with Blackness, masculinity, and addiction to singular ends.
“Punch Me Up to the Gods obliterates what we thought were the limitations of not just the American memoir, but the possibilities of the American paragraph. I’m not sure a book has ever had me sobbing, punching the air, dying of laughter, and needing to write as much as Brian Broome’s staggering debut. This shit is special.”—Kiese Laymon.
“Punch Me Up to the Gods is some of the finest writing I have ever encountered and one of the most electrifying, powerful, simply spectacular memoirs I—or you—have ever read. And you will read it; you must read it. It contains everything we all crave so deeply: truth, soul, brilliance, grace. It is a masterpiece of a memoir and Brian Broome should win the Pulitzer Prize for writing it. I am in absolute awe and you will be, too.”—Augusten Burroughs.
Joining Brian Broome in conversation for this virtual program is writer, critic, and humorist Damon Young, himself the author of an acclaimed memoir, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays (Ecco). He’s also the founder of VerySmartBrothas, and is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and columnist for GQ.
Co-presented by the Northwest African American Museum and Elliott Bay Book Company.