"Punch Me Up to the Gods," memoir of MFA Student Brian Broome, to be published May, 2021

April 15, 2021

Punch Me Up to the Gods is the coming-of-age memoir of MFA student Brian Broome, which has been listed as one of Lithub's Most Anticipated Books of 2021 and one of BuzzFeed's 75 Books to Add to Your 2021 TBR List.

Read more about Brian in a recently published Pittwire storyPunch Me Up to the Gods will be a available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on May 18, 2021.


"Broome debuts with a magnificent and harrowing memoir that digs into the traumas of growing up Black and gay in Ohio in the late 1970s and early ’80s….There are no easy victims or villains in Broome’s painful, urgent telling—his testimony rings out as a searing critique of soul-crushing systems and stereotypes."—Publishers Weekly, STARRED 

BRIAN BROOME, a poet and screenwriter, was a K. Leroy Irvis Fellow and is instructor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is pursuing an MFA. He has been a finalist in The Moth storytelling competition and won the grand prize in Carnegie Mellon University’s Martin Luther King Writing Awards. He also won a VANN Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation for journalism in 2019. He lives in Pittsburgh.