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"Each of us wants to hear someone shouting back as we scream into the abyss." --profound Bill "Every mind needs candy." --goofy Bill

Background Information

I don't have much formal training as a writer and it's hard for me to pinpoint my influences. These probably range from popular song lyrics (my first major "literary project" was to write a full-scale musical at age 17 -- script, music, and lyrics), to hallucinogens, to the sex zine revolution of the early '90s. In terms of specific authors in the "literary canon," I enjoy F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, and all the dystopian stuff (Orwell, Golding, Huxley, etc.). Novels about animals are another influence (Watership Down, The Incredible Journey, Call of the Wild, Charlotte's Web, etc.). Elsewhere, that range of novels or bios about crazy women (Sybil, Three Faces of Eve, the Bell Jar, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden) warped my mind early on as well. Xaviera Hollander (the Happy Hooker) was an early influence on my sex writing and sexuality. OUT OF THE CLOSETS, INTO THE STREETS (an early gay / lesbian anthology edited by Allen Young and Karla Jay) was also seminal. 

Also flannel. It would be very difficult for me to write if I couldn't wear flannel at least some of the time. 

Here's an official bio, which I have placed here for anyone who needs a blurb they can select from for press or other media:

 Bill Brent is the author of THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ANAL SEX FOR MEN (Cleis Press, 2002; published in French as LE PLAISIR ANAL [pour lui], Editions Tabou, 2006). His fiction and essays appear in over 30 anthologies, including EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT SEX IS WRONG, THE BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 1997, BEST GAY EROTICA 2002 and 2004, BEST S/M EROTICA, TOUGH GUYS, BI GUYS, ROUGH STUFF plus its sequel, ROUGHED UP. H is essay "Martin Luther Goes Bowling" appeared in EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT _GOD_ IS WRONG, and a 12,000 word sex-and-drugs memoir in ENTANGLED LIVES: MEMOIRS OF 7 TOP EROTICA WRITERS. He co-edited the BEST BISEXUAL EROTICA series with Dr. Carol Queen, the second volume a Finalist in the 14th Lambda Literary Awards. His articles have appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Bay Times, other magazine, P.O.V., and at He has authored several chapbooks of his poems, short prose, illustrations, and photos. For details, or to subscribe to his email newsletter, click on the "Newsletter" link in the upper right hand corner of this page. Otherwise, you can drop him a line at GetLitBoy AT

Birth Place
San Francisco, CA 

publisher, Black Books, San Francisco CA (founded June 1992)

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co-editor with Rob Stephenson, TOUGH GUYS, finalist for a Firecracker Alternative Book Award, "Sex" category, 2002 (Black Books)

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co-editor with Carol Queen, BEST BISEXUAL EROTICA, vol. 2., finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, "Transgender / Bisexual" category, 2002 (Black Books)

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selected contributor, BEST GAY EROTICA 2002 and BEST GAY EROTICA 2004, Cleis Press

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selected contributor, THE BEST AMERICAN EROTICA 1997, Plume (Susie Bright, editor)
Additional Information


(10/8/06) My memoir, ''This Insane Allure,'' appears in ENTANGLED LIVES: Memoirs of 7 Top Erotica Writers, from Alyson Books. It will be in stores in Spring 2007, and there will be various readings on the east and west coasts to promote it. You can sign up for my newsletter (see the top of this page) to stay tuned.

(8/1/06) I have a THIRD chapbook available now, GIVE UP WITHOUT A FIGHT. Over forty pages of my poems, essays, sketches, and thoughts on life, it is $8 postpaid. Send a PayPal payment to TakeItFromBill AT, or email me at the same address for details.

(1/15/05) I have a new chapbook out on Feb. 10, THIS IS ONLY A TEST.

Email me at "TakeItFromBill AT" for details.

(1/16/05) I also have a story, "September Shower," which originally appeared in BEST BISEXUAL EROTICA, vol. 1, re-appearing in a new anthology, BI GUYS (Haworth Press, Fall 2006).

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"While you are not political in the sense of taking a political position in so many words, I see your expression as inherently political because of the strength of voice in it -- the unapologetic queerness of it. You are not so much processing your identity, as displaying your identity which is stable and there for the taking or the leaving by the audience. That is powerful and (to me) political."

--Sara Moore of, writing about me, reprinted with permission

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"I like the playful use of words in handling heavy topics."

--Lisa Carver, author, writing about my collection, *apathy is a dangerous drug*, reprinted with permission

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"Bill Brent is passionately dedicated to spreading the good news about great sex in innovative ways. He's a wonderful writer, thinker, and life artist. Long may Bill reign."

--Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., Prostitute/porn star turned artist/sexologist

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"You always say such profound stuff."

--unsolicited comment from a friend in personal email, 7/25/2006

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"You are the funnest person I know."

--unsolicited comment from a friend in personal email (someone else), 5/9/2007

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"Hi Bill, I am still new around here and just wandering into, for me, strange places. I suppose that my world view is very much different from yours, but possibly that is why your site intrigues me. Opposites can learn from each other, I suppose. Anyway, it was fascinating to visit your den and to have the opportunity to expand my universe."

--unsolicited feedback from another member here upon first browsing my pages here (July 2006)

Contact Information

PO Box 1353 
Pahoa HI 96778-1353   USA
Contact Author: Bill Brent
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Bill Brent, c'est moi!
Welcome to my blog! Beautiful Hawaii in pictures, simplistic explanations for human insanity, and more! 'Tis fun.

Diversity, Shmersity!
This is rather a fun rant of mine on sexual diversity, from about 1998, during my six-year run as property manager at a sex party house. Originally I wrote this as the lead editorial for the second of two issues on those "Damn Bisexuals!" for my long-running zine, BLACK SHEETS.

The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Men
Cleis Press' descriptive page about my sex guide, originally released in 2002 and now available in French! You can order the English language version from Cleis Press at this site, or get an autographed copy from me, postage included, by sending a $16 PayPal payment to TakeItFromBill AT . Please note ''ULTIMATE GUIDE'' on your PayPal payment.

Support An Artist -- Buy My Stuff!
This is the store on my blog. Please see also my other links, in the sidebar, and dial: Support an artist -- buy my stuff!

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