Brian Broome's debut memoir, Punch Me Up to the Gods, was a New York Times Editor’s Pick and the winner of the 2021 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Poets and Writers, Medium, and more. Brian was a K. Leroy Irvis Fellow and an instructor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. 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. His film Garbage won the Audience Choice Award at the Cortada Short Film Festival and was a semi-finalist in the Portland ShortFest. He is a 2022 Writer-in-Residence at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.