Media Advisory: Cultural critic Roxane Gay to speak at UB April 5

Release Date: April 4, 2017 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. – Cultural critic Roxane Gay, author of the New York Times bestselling collection of essays “Bad Feminist,” considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism, will speak at the University at Buffalo at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in Alumni Arena as part of the university’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

Gay’s writing has received international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism, as well as her critiques of modern culture that are known both for their wit and ferocity.

Her newest collection of stories, “Difficult Women,” was released earlier this year and her painstaking examination of body image, “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body,” is due out in June.

Associate professor of English at Purdue University, Gay is a founding editor of PANK and non-fiction editor at The Rumpus. Her writing has appeared in publications that include the New York Times, McSweeney’s and The Nation. She recently became the first black woman to ever write for Marvel, creating a comic series in the Black Panther universe called “World of Wakanda.”

Gay’s lecture is sponsored by the UB Graduate Student Association.

During the program, audio and/or video photography, as well as still photography, will be limited to the first five minutes of her lecture.

Working media may reserve tickets for the program by contacting Christine Vidal in the UB Office of Communications at 645-4607 or no later than noon on Wednesday, April 5. Reserved tickets may be picked up at the will-call window in Alumni Arena prior to the program. Media may need to show press credentials in order to be admitted to the program.

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