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Pencil This In: Roxane Gay Reads At Women And Children First

By Jaclyn Bauer in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 27, 2014 5:30PM

Roxane Gay, photo via her Facebook page.

Roxane Gay, Professor of English at Purdue University, will be at Women and Children First today, Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. to talk about her latest work Bad Feminist. Bad Feminist is a collection of essays which both support and call into question contemporary understandings of feminism.

At a recent Q&A at Northeastern Illinois University, Gay explained how, in her fiction, she tries to “create women who are strong and vulnerable.” She went on to state that “nuance is important” even and especially among feminist ideology. Gay admitted her imperfections as a writer, feminist and human being, noting that these imperfections contribute to individuality and allow for deeper expression.

In addition to feminist theory, Gay is an active voice among multicultural writers. She is also branching into the world of food and body image with her upcoming novel Hunger.

Gay is the author of two other novels, Ayiti and An Untamed State, a writer for Salon and co-editor of PANK, among a host of other credentials and publications.

Come by Women and Children First at 5233 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, 60640 to hear more about Bad Feminist and Gay’s other works.

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