North Central College welcomes author, professor and cultural critic Dr. Roxane Gay as its keynote speaker Jan. 17 for the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration. Her talk, titled "Roxane Gay: Bad Feminist and Difficult Woman," will address controversies about feminism and the current political climate. Gay will speak at 7 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are free to the North Central community and $5/person to the public; tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 630-637-7469.
Her debut novel, "An Untamed State," established Gay as a talented writer and was long-listed for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. That same year, Gay published the New York Times bestselling collection of essays "Bad Feminist," an exploration of modern feminism in which she tackles issues such as sexual politics, female friendships, race and body image. She has worked to raise the profile of writers of color. In 2012, she published an extensive list of writers of color on The Rumpus. Gay also is recognized as the first black woman to ever write for Marvel in the "Black Panther" comic series titled "World of Wakanda," in which she began to incorporate black gay women into the comic sphere. In 2017, Gay will release her memoir, "Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body," which chronicles her experience with weight and body image, as well as a collection of short stories titled "Difficult Women."
Gay is an associate professor of English at Purdue University, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, was coeditor of the online literary magazine PANK and founder of Tiny Hardcore Press.
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