Roxane Gay

Current Fellow

Fellow: Awarded 2018

Field of Study: General Nonfiction

Competition: US & Canada

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Harper’s Bazaar, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and New York Times bestselling Hunger: A Memoir of My Body, a finalist in Autobiography for the National Book Critics Circle. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel and the editor of Best American Short Stories 2018. As an associate professor at Purdue University, she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction, both in the MFA program and at the undergraduate level.

She is currently at work on film and television projects, a book of writing advice, an essay collection about television and culture, and a YA novel entitled The Year I Learned Everything. She splits her time between Lafayette, IN and Los Angeles. She loves tiny baby elephants.

Profile photograph by Jay Grabiec