OCTOBER 15: Roxane Gay (1974-)


Happy birthday to Roxane Gay! The renowned
professor, feminist writer, and bisexual activist turns 43 years old today.

Although Roxane has not yet written formally about her sexual orientation, she speaks often of her bisexuality on her Twitter account (x).

Roxane Gay was born in Omaha, Nebraska on
October 15, 1974 to a family of Haitian descent. They later relocated to
New Hampshire, where Roxane graduated from Phillip Exeter Academy and then went
on to attend Yale University. Although she dropped out of Yale her junior year
and moved to Arizona with her partner at the time, she would eventually
complete her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She received
her PhD in 2010 from Michigan Technological University.

After leaving school, Roxane
remained in academia as an English professor at Eastern Illinois University. She
burst onto the literary scene in 2014 with the publications of her novel An
Untamed State
and a collection of essays titles Bad Feminist. In a review of
Bad Feminist, Time Magazine called for 2014 to be “the year of Roxane Gay.” She
has since become a leading feminist speaker, editor, and writer. Her latest
work was a memoir titled Hunger, which came out in June of this year.