Roxane Gay

The acclaimed writer, critic, and "bad feminist" will deliver the fall 2016 Atkinson Lecture. Please check back in early September for more information.

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. 

Words like “courage,” “humor,” and “smart” are frequently deployed when describing Gay. Her collection of essays, "Bad Feminist," is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel, "An Untamed State," was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her latest book "Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body" is a painstaking examination of body image.

Roxane is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, co-editor of PANK and was the non-fiction editor at The Rumpus. Her writing has also appeared in McSweeney’s, The Nation and many other publications. Roxane fronts a small army of avid fans on Twitter, and when she finds the time, she dominates the occasional Scrabble tournament.