This post was written by Communications Manager Hannah Lythe
We are so pleased to welcome Roxane Gay, author, editor, professor, blogger and so many other amazing things to our CHAPTERS Reading on May 29. Exploring race, gender, sexuality, and violence, Roxane’s literary accomplishments stand out thanks to her honesty and subtle approach to story telling. A force to be reckoned with online, her novels and essays carefully approach impressive and complex ideas with simple and clear narratives.
We couldn’t be more excited for her to join Girls Write Now mentees as they impress with their own stories. Sharing the stage with one of today’s most inventive female writers, the mentee’s performances will be sure to complement Roxane’s work.
Girls Write Now makes the extraordinary possible — helping girls find and give shape to their voices. Through their writing we are offered the stunning possibilities of what our world will become with girls like these continuing to write and create change. — Roxane Gay
Gay’s latest novel, An Untamed State, and essay collection, Bad Feminist, have received national acclaim with Time Magazine declaring just last summer “Let this be the year of Roxane Gay”. A professor of English at Purdue University, founder of Tiny Hardcore Press, contributing editor for Bluestem Magazine, essays editor for The Rumpus, and co-editor of PANK, a nonprofit literary arts collective, Gay has done so much to share her story. Roxane Gay is working on her new book, Hunger.
There’s still time to grab your tickets for the May 29th CHAPTERS reading, and for the rest of the series, too! Our teens will be joined by Quiara Alegría Hudes on June 19th.
Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming 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, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK. She is also the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and Hunger, forthcoming from Harper in 2016.