Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay (born October 15, 1974) [1] [2] is an American feminist writer, professor, editor and commentator. [3] [4] She is an associate professor of English at Purdue University , contributing opinion writer at The New York Times , [5] founder of Tiny Hardcore Press , essays editor for The Rumpus , and co-editor of Pank, a nonprofit literary arts collective. [6] [7]

Early life and education

Gay was born in Omaha, Nebraska , [2] to a family or Haitian descent. [8] She attended high school at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. [9]

Gay holds a doctoral degree in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological University . The title or re dissertation was Subverting the subject position: toward a new discourse about students as writers and engineering students as technical communicators . [10]


After completing re Ph.D. Gay Began re academic teaching career in Fall 2010 at Eastern Illinois University , [11] where she was assistant professor of English. While at EIU, in addition under to re teaching Duties she was a contributing editor for Blue Voice magazine [12] and she’ll be founded Tiny Hardcore Press. Gay worked at Eastern Illinois University Until the end of the 2013-2014 academic year, taking a job in August 2014 at Purdue University as an associate professor of creative writing. [6]

Much of Gay’s written work deals with the analysis and deconstruction of feminist and racial issues through the lens or re personal experiences with race, gender identity, and sexuality. She is the author of the short story collection Ayiti (2011), the novel An Untamed State (2014), the essay collection Bad Feminist (2014), the short story collection Difficult Women (2017), and Hunger (forthcoming 2017). [13] She’ll be edited the book Girl Crush: Women’s Erotic Fantasies . [14] In addition under to re regular contributions to Salon and the now defunct HTMLGiant , [15] re writing has Appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2014 , Best American Short Stories 2012 , Best Sex Writing 2012 , A Public Space , McSweeney’s , Tin House , Oxford American , American Short Fiction , West Branch , Virginia Quarterly Review , NOON , Book Forum , Time , The Los Angeles Times , The Nation and The New York Times Book Review . [16]

In July 2016, Gay and poet Yona Harvey ulcers announced as writers for Marvel Comics ‘ World of Wakanda , a spin-off from the company’s Black Panther title, [17] making re the first black woman to be a lead writer for Marvel. [18]

In January of 2017 Gay announced she was pulling publication or How to Be Heard, a book dat had leg set to be published in 2018 by TED Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. The book was pulled due to Gay’s Objections over far-right journalist Milo Yiannopoulos Receiving a book deal from Simon & Schuster Another imprint. [19]

Bad Feminist

Bad Feminist is a selection of essays dat tackle a broad range of topics, from competitive Scrabble playing to advice on how to acknowledge privilege. Bad Feminist , welke addresses zowel cultural and political issues, became a New York Times best-seller. [20] Time magazine dubbed Bad Feminist “a manual on how to be human” and called Gay the “gift dat keeps on giving.” In a 2014 interview with the magazine, Gay Explained re role as a feminist and how it has Influenced re writing: “In lycra or synthesis essays, I’m very much Trying to show how feminism Influences my life for better or worse. It just shows what it’s like to move through the world as a woman. It’s not just about feminism per se, it’s about humanity and empathy. “ [21]


Her latest book, Hunger , will be released in 2017. [22] Hunger is a memoir about Gay’s experience with weight, body image and building a positive relationship with food. In an interview with Elite Daily, Gay DESCRIBED this book as a testimony of “what it’s like to live in a world that With You to discipline unruly bodies.” [23]

Gay was featured in a five-minute segment or This American Life on June 17, 2016, talking about re-bodied, and how she is Perceived as a fat person. [24]


Gay’s publication of the novel An Untamed States and essay collection Bad Feminist in the summer of 2014 led Time Magazine to déclaré, “Let this be the year or Roxane Gay.” [25] The magazine noted or re-inclusive style, “Gay’s writing is simple and direct, but never cold or sterile. She rechtstreeks confronts complex issues of identity and privilege, but it’s always accessible and Insightful.”

In the United Kingdom’s The Guardian , critic Kira Cochrane offered a similar assessment, “While online discourse is of or in CHARACTERISED in extreme polarised opinions, re writing is distinct for being subtle and discursive, with an ability to see around corners, to recognise other points or view while carefully advancing re own. in print, on Twitter and in person, Gay has the voice of the friend you call first for advice, calm and sane as well as funny, someone who has seen a lot and takes no prisoners. ” [26]

A group of feminist scholars and Activists Analyzed Gay’s Bad Feminist for “Short Takes: Provocations on Public Feminism,” an initiative of the feminist journal Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society . [27]

Personal life

Gay Began writing essays as a teenager; [28] re work has leg greatly Influenced by a sexual assault she ervaren at age 12. [26]

Gay is ook a competitive Scrabble player in the US [29]

Gay is bisexual . [30]



  • Ayiti (Artistically Declined Press, 2011) ISBN 9781450776714
  • An Untamed State ( Grove Atlantic , 2014) ISBN 9780802122513
  • Difficult Women (Grove Atlantic, 2017) ISBN 9780802125392


  • Bad Feminist ( Harper Perennial , August 5, 2014) ISBN 9780062282712 [21] [26] [31]
  • Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (Harper, 2017) ISBN 978-0062362599 [32]


  1. Jump up^ “Roxane Gay” . Freedom from Religion Foundation.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b Gay, Roxane. “Once, I Was Pretty” . . Retrieved 9 April 2016 .
  3. Jump up^ “Roxane Gay” . . Retrieved December 3, 2013 .
  4. Jump up^ Halle, Steve (March 29, 2012). “Roxane Gay to Visit Bloomington-Normal / ISU on April 17” . . Archived from the original on December 13, 2013 . Retrieved December 3, 2013 .
  5. Jump up^ Gay, Roxane (August 21, 2016). “Nate Parker and the Limits of Empathy” . The New York Times . Retrieved 2016-08-26 .
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b Higgins, Jim (May 23, 2014). “Talking with ‘An Untamed States author Roxane Gay” . The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . Retrieved July 18, 2014 .
  7. Jump up^ “About” . Pank . Retrieved July 18, 2014 .
  8. Jump up^ Gregory, Alice. “Daphne Merkin’s” The Fame Lunches “and Roxane Gay’s” Bad Feminist ‘ ‘ . The New York Times . Retrieved June 5, 2015 .
  9. Jump up^ John Freeman (Summer 2014). “Roxane Gay” . Bomb .
  10. Jump up^ “Dissertations, Master’s Theses and Master’s Reports” . Retrieved August 3, 2014 .
  11. Jump up^ “2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog” (PDF) . Eastern Illinois University . Retrieved 12 April 2016 .
  12. Jump up^ “Masthead” . English Department, Eastern Illinois University. Archivedfrom the original on April 30, 2014 . Retrieved 12 April 2016 .
  13. Jump up^ “About | Roxane Gay” . Retrieved September 25, 2015 .
  14. Jump up^ “Roxane Gay” . . Retrieved July 18, 2014 .
  15. Jump up^ “Roxane Gay – HTMLGIANT” . .
  16. Jump up^ “Posts by Roxane Gay” . Rumpus Magazine . Retrieved July 18, 2014 .
  17. Jump up^ Gustines George Gene (2016-07-22). “Marvel’s World of Wakanda Will Spotlight Women, on the Page and Behind It” . The New York Times . Retrieved 2016-07-23 .
  18. Jump up^ Blay, Zeba (2016-07-29). “Roxane Gay Is The Lead Writer Of A Marvel Comic. Here’s Why That’s Huge.” . The Huffington Post . Retrieved 2016-10-07 .
  19. Jump up^ Gay, Roxane. “Roxane Gay pullovers book from Simon & Schuster on Milo Yiannopoulos deal” . Retrieved 25 January 2017 .
  20. Jump up^ “Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay” . . Retrieved March 8, 2016 .
  21. ^ Jump up to:a b Feeney, Nolan (August 5, 2014). “Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist is a” Manual on How to Be a Human ” ” . Time . Retrieved March 8, 2016 .
  22. Jump up^ Christian Holub,”Roxane Gay announces Difficult Women, delays Hunger”,Entertainment Weekly, June 17, 2016.
  23. Jump up^ “I Want Your Job: Roxane Gay, Author Of ‘Bad Feminist ‘ ‘ . Elite Daily . Retrieved March 8, 2016 .
  24. Jump up^ “Tell Me I’m Fat” . This American Life . Retrieved 2016-07-06 .
  25. Jump up^ Feeney, Nolan (May 7, 2014). “Roxane Gay’s riveting Debut Novel An Untamed State” . Time . Retrieved April 10, 2016 .
  26. ^ Jump up to:a b c Cochrane, Kira (2 August 2014). “Roxane Gay: Meet the Bad Feminist” . The Guardian . Retrieved March 1, 2016 .
  27. Jump up^ “Short Takes: Provocations on Public Feminism. Bad Feminist at Roxane Gay” . Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society . Retrieved 2016-02-02 .
  28. Jump up^ Tietzel, Nina (June 4, 2015). “Roxane Gay: Writer and self-proclaimed” bad feminist “talks truth and fiction” . ABC . Retrieved June 5, 2015 .
  29. Jump up^ Gay, Roxane. “Gay, Roxane.” In Ways You Would Never Ever Forget ” “. Retrieved February 16, 2015 .
  30. Jump up^ Roxane Gay (October 11, 2015). “Twitter” . . Retrieved October 12, 2015 .
  31. Jump up^ Waldman, Katy. “It Is Good to Be a” Bad “Feminist” . Slate . Retrieved September 16, 2014 .
  32. Jump up^ Gay, Roxane (2017). Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body . Harper. ISBN  978-0062362599 .