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Since I Laid My Burden Down NYC Launch

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Since I Laid My Burden Down NYC Launch
June 9, 2017 7:00 PM
June 9, 2017 8:30 PM
Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
May 19, 2017
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
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Join author Brontez Purnell for a dynamic reading from his debut novel SINCE I LAID MY BURDEN DOWN with q&a at the best bookstore in town (according to The Feminist Press, but who are we to disagree?), Bureau of General Services-Queer Division! With special guests Joseph Whitt and William Johnson!
About Since I Laid My Burden Down:

DeShawn lives a high, creative, and promiscuous life in San Francisco. But when he’s called back to his cramped Alabama hometown for his uncle’s funeral, he’s hit by flashbacks of handsome, doomed neighbors and sweltering Sunday services. Amidst prickly reminders of his childhood, DeShawn ponders family, church, and the men in his life, prompting the question: Who deserves love? A raw, funny, and uninhibited stumble down memory lane, Brontez Purnell’s debut novel explores how one man’s early sexual and artistic escapades grow into a life.


“Brontez Purnell is foul-mouthed and evil. Be warned: this book will make you cackle out loud like you’ve got the Devil inside you then it will break your heart. Be careful where you read it. BUT DO READ IT.” —Justin Vivian Bond


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Brontez Purnell is author of Johnny Would You Love Me If My Dick Were Bigger and the cult zine Fag School, frontman for his band the Younger Lovers, and founder and choreographer of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company. He lives in Oakland, California.

Joseph Whitt is an artist, writer, and independent curator living and working in New York City. He has performed at MoMA PS1, PPOW, Dixon Place, Eyebeam, Deitch Projects, Envoy Enterprises, and other venues of note. His writings have appeared in Art Papers, ArtUS, Useless Magazine, K48; and his work has been reviewed by The New York Times and Sculpture. He has released five chapbooks of poetry and is currently working on a sixth.
William Johnson is the Program Director for Lambda Literary, an organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQ literature. He is a contributing arts and culture writer for CrushFanazine and the publisher of Mary Literary, a literary journal dedicated to showcasing queer/gay writings of artistic merit.