Roxane Gay to Visit Bloomington-Normal/ISU on April 17

The English Department’s Publications Unit is excited to announce Roxane Gay will be visiting campus on Tuesday, April 17, as the first guest of the Pub. Unit Presents series, which, in the spirit of the English studies model of the department, seeks to bring writers-who-are-editors/editors-who-are-writers to ISU to talk about those disciplinary intersections. Roxane will be giving an informal presentation and chat aimed at students and faculty interested in publishing studies and creative writing at 2:30 p.m. at the Publications Unit, Fairchild Hall 307. The Publications Unit will be giving away three copies of Ayiti to chat attendees. Roxane will be reading her creative work at TheatresCool in Downtown Bloomington at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Roxane Gay is the author of Ayiti (Artistically Declined Press, 2011), which is described as “a unique blend of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, all interwoven to represent the Haitian diaspora experience.” She is the founder and editor of Tiny Hardcore Press (publisher of Normally Special by xTx in 2011, already in its fifth printing) and co-editor (with M. Bartley Seigel) of PANK Magazine. Gay frequently contributes to the literary sites HTMLGIANT and The Rumpus. Her story “North Country” from Hobart 12 will appear in Best American Short Stories 2012, and she was the winner of the Literary Death Match at AWP Chicago. Gay tweets prolifically @rgay and maintains the website i have become accustomed to rejection, where she blogs about literary rejections and popular culture. Gay is Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, where her research interests include how university faculty frame student writing and construct students as writers, the use of creative writing strategies in technical communication pedagogy, new media writing, and teaching with technology.

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