Purdue University College of Liberal Art

Roxane Gay 

Please join me in congratulating Roxane Gay, associate professor of creative writing in the Department of English, for being named one of Fast Company’s most creative people of 2017. Each year, Fast Company honors a group of inspiring leaders who are shaping the future of business in creative ways. This year, Roxane was recognized for ‘making sure her voice is heard’.

Roxane’s newest book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (Harper Collins) was released this week. It is a memoir about food, weight, self-image and learning how to feed hunger while taking care of oneself. Her story is about a loving childhood and family, but then how she turned to food to cope after experiencing a devastating act of sexual violence.  Roxane also wrote Difficult Women (Grove Press) which was released in January. She is the author of the novel An Untamed State, the story collection Ayiti, and The New York Times best-selling collection of essays, Bad Feminist. Her work has appeared in Tin House, A Public Space, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Salon, and Glamour, among other places, and she also is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times.

Congratulations, Dr. Gay!

David's Signature

David A. Reingold
Justin S. Morrill Dean
College of Liberal Arts