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January 28: Good Thunder Reading Series: Roxane Gay

January 28: Good Thunder Reading Series: Roxane Gay


On Thursday, January 28, writer Roxane Gay will conduct writing workshops, present a craft talk, and give a reading. All events are free and open to the public.

Writing workshop: 10am-11 am, Centennial Student Union Room 201

Craft talk: 3pm-3:50pm, Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium

Reading/book signing: 7:30pm-8:30pm, Centennial Student Union Room 253 (books will be available for purchase)

In 2014, Roxane Gay published both Bad Feminist and An Untamed State to universal praise. Bad Feminist, her collection of essays, continues to garner international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism. In their review of her work TIME magazine proclaimed, “Let this be the year of Roxane Gay!” In her essays, she navigates her sharp wit through entertainment and culture, particularly the consumption of television, news, movies, sports, literature and comedy. Her powerful debut novel, An Untamed State, is a thought-provoking examination of privilege, social class, entitlement and corruption. It was longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and Library Journal named it one of the ten best books of the year. Gay is the co-editor of PANK and was the non-fiction editor at The Rumpus. She is at the helm of The Butter, a website dedicated to cultural criticism and personal essays by people of color and queer writers. Her writing has also appeared in McSweeney’s, The New York Times, The Nation, and many others. She is also the author of Ayiti. She is currently working on her new novel, Hunger. Gay dominates Scrabble tournaments frequently and hopes to be Ina Garten when she grows up. She resides in Indiana where she is an Associate professor of English at Purdue University.

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