Roxane Gay invites us to have conviction, even if it is conflicted. Her writing evokes emotion and humor, causes controversy, and explores topics often swept under the rug. Her most recent collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is a New York Times best-seller. In it, Gay is less concerned about locking down a perennial definition of the word, instead creating personalized interpretations that allow room for complexity. Gay employs a confessional-style examination on topics like privilege, female friendships, race, sex, rape, pop culture, and gender, often in tongue-in-cheek fashion.
Gay is heavily engaged online. Her brazen opinions have garnered her many an internet supporter, and just as many "haters." This duality has perhaps just enhanced her popularity and status as a cultural figure.
This Friday, BUST Magazine and the Loft Literary Center will present an AWP-related reading welcoming Gay along with notable writers Amber Tamblyn, xTx, Patricia Smith, Franny Choi, and Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz. In anticipation of the event, we caught up with Gay on her thoughts on Twitter dramas, defining moments of modern-day feminism, and Beyoncé.More »