Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay


Roxane Gay is an American author, professor, and self-proclaimed “bad feminist” who lives her truth unapologetically. Her work explores the nuances within feminism, sexuality, race, and body image. Gay is the founder of Tiny Hardcore Press is a New York Times contributor.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska on October 15, 1974, Gay is the oldest of three children. Her parents are Haitian immigrants who moved to the United States at the age of 19 in pursuit of the mythologized American dream. Roxane Gay developed an affinity for reading and writing at a very young age, relocating often and finding comfort in books. She attended Phillips Exeter Academy and went on to graduate from Michigan Technical University with a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric.

Roxane Gay served as an associate professor at Eastern Illinois University and is presently an associate professor at Purdue University. Gay has written prolifically and is renowned for her critically acclaimed and award winning literary portfolio.

Gay’s writing appears 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, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and Difficult Women and Hunger forthcoming in 2017. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel.

Perhaps her most popular book is an essay collection entitled, Bad Feminist. These essays originally­ appeared on websites such as SalonJezebel and the Rumpus. Within Bad Feminist, Gay discusses the importance of acknowledging and utilizing privilege within feminist spaces. The book became a New York Times Bestseller and was dubbed as "a manual on how to be a human" by TIME Magazine.

Admired for her unique ability to birth analysis from personal experience, Roxane Gay continues to be an influential figure in the modern discourses on identity.