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Roxane Gay Speaker

Roxane Gay

New York, NY USA

Author of books such as "Bad Feminist" and "An Untamed State"

Passionate activist for race and gender equality

Professor of Creative Writing, Purdue University

Roxane Gay Speaker Profile:

Born in Omaha Nebraska to a Haitian family, Roxane Gay grew up and attended grade school in New Hampshire. Gay completed an undergraduate degree and a master of arts degree with an emphasis in creative writing from the University of Nebraska after dropping out of Yale University in her third year for a personal relationship in Arizona. She later achieved a PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University, writing her dissertation on students titled Subverting the Subject Position: Toward a New Discourse About Students as Writers and Engineering Students as Technical Communicators. She then began her teaching career at Eastern Illinois University in late 2010 as a professor of English. While in Illinois, she contributed to the community by participating on the editorial staff for Bluestem Magazine and founding her company Tiny Hardcore Press. She continued her position at the university until the middle of 2014, in which she moved to a new position at Purdue University as an associate professor of creative writing in August of 2014.

Along the side of her academic accomplishments, Roxane Gay has also published many books and articles. In 2011, she published a collection of short stories titled Ayiti. A few years later, following the aforementioned publication, she wrote the novel An Untamed State and also wrote the collection of essays titled Bad Feminist; both were released in 2014. On top of her success in the literary world, she has delivered speeches at places such as universities and TED talks.

Her speaking topics include:

  • Feminism and gender equality
  • Racial bias in the media
  • Sexuality and trans-gendered rights


For availability and speaker fees, please contact Roxane Gay’s speaking agent at Chartwell here, or call +1 972 385 1021 for U.S. inquiries or +44 207 293 0864 for international inquiries.”


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