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 Roxane  Gay

Roxane Gay

Assistant Professor of English

Office: 3331 - Coleman Hall
Email: rgay@eiu.edu
Office Hours:  MT 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Roxane Gay's 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. Her fiction, nonfiction and criticism are widely published and appears or is forthcoming in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, New Stories from the Midwest 2012 and 2013, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, NOON, The Pinch, Ninth Letter, Oxford American, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, Salon, The Rumpus, and others. She is also the author of Ayiti, a collection of fiction and essays about the Haitian diaspora experience. 

Frequently Taught Courses

Introduction to Fiction
Advanced Fiction
Advanced Creative Nonfiction
Introduction to Professional Writing
Technical Communication
Special Topics in Professional Writing (new media, document design)


PhD, Michigan Technological University
MA, University of Nebraska—Lincoln

Professional Organizations

National Book Critics Circle
Associated Writing Programs


Creative writing (fiction and nonfiction), technical and professional writing, new media.

Selected Publications


Ayiti, Artistically Declined Press, 2011
Bad Feminist, Harper Perennial, 2014
An Untamed State, Grove Atlantic, 2014

A selection of stories and essays:

Feminism Reloaded. Iron Horse Review 15.3. 2013: 15-17.
Girls, Girls, Girls. Folio 28.1. 2013: 14-21.
Group Fitness. Oxford American 80. 2013: 36.
I Will Follow You. West Branch 72. 2013: 6-23.
I’m Going to Cook Our Dinner in an Easy Bake Oven and You’re Going to Like It. & Now 2: The Best Innovative Fiction. &Now Books. 2013: 20-21.
Important Things. Copper Nickel 19. 2013: 162-174.
The Last Day of a Young Black Man. American Prospect Sept/Oct. 2013: 84-86.
A Little Bit of Nothing. Whiskey Island 62. 2013: 35-46.
North Country. New Stories From the Midwest 2013. Indiana University Press. 2013.
On Stereotypes: Carrying the Burden of Being Strong. Bitch 57. 2013: 17-19.
Open Marriage. Minnesota Review 80. 2013: 48-49.
See Me. Feel Me. Let Me Belong. Frequencies Vol. 2. 2013: 19-35.
Strange Lands. Goodbye to All That. Seal Press, 2013.
To Scratch, Grope, or Claw Clumsily or Frantically. Ninth Letter. 9.2 2013: 29-38. (Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2013)
Too Many of Us, Too Much Noise. Paper Dreams. Atticus Books. 2013: 269-274.
Typical First Year Professor. Los Angeles Review 13. 2013: 59-64
Which to Choose. Creative Nonfiction 49. 2013. 
Winesburg, Indiana: Tara Jenkinsd. Booth 4. 2013: 77-81.
The Year I Learned Everything. Prairie Schooner 87.1. 2013: 23-41.
Alone Together. Inch 19. 2012.
A Pat. NOON. 2012: 35-37.
Bad Feminst. Virginia Quarterly Review 88.4. 2012: 88-95.
The Careless Language of Sexual Violence. Best Sex Writing 2012. Cleis Press. 2012: 118-126.
Critical Mass. Normal School 5.2. 2012: 57.
Down to Bone. New Stories From the Midwest 2012. Indiana University Press. 2012.
Glades People. Normal School 5.2. 2012: 58.
Go Deejay. Engender Me: An Anthology.  P.S. Books. 2012:40-41.
How to Write a Love Story. Indiana Review 34.1.  2012: 17-24.
In the Manner of Water or Light. Forty Stories: New Writing From Harper Perennial. Harper Perennial. 2012: 274-284.
North Country. Best American Short Stories 2012. 2012: 75-86.
Sweet on the Tongue. Pinch 32.2. 2012: 126-145. (Pushchart Prize Special Mention)
Through the Womb. Willow Springs 70. 2012: 68-70.
To Think the Mouth Can Generate Such Heat. Hair Lit. Vol. 1. 2012: 40-50.
We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness. American Short Fiction 55.  2012: 89-111.  (Notable Story, Best American Non-required Reading 2013)
More Hers Than His. The Chattahoochee Review 31.1-2. 2011: 13-15.
North Country. Hobart 12. 2011: 74-85.
Strange Gods.Black Warrior Review 37.1. 2011: 138-154.


Through the Womb
Break All the Way Down
The Solace of Preparing Fried Foods
The Trouble with Prince Charming
I Once Was Miss America
“La Negra Blanca”
“Bad Priest” 
"The Mark of Cain"


Co-editor, PANK 
Essays Editor, The Rumpus

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