2015 Ursrey Lecture

September 3, 2015


Roxane Gay's presence is unmatched in the world of words.  With a deft eye on modern culture, she masterfully critiques its ebb and flow through our society and social media. 

Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska she is the daughter of Haitian immigrants.  Her family moved frequently as her father took on new engineering projects. Eventually, this led her to Phillips Exeter Academy where she spent most of her high school years. She later started at Yale, but left early to experience life without the confines of classrooms.  Having discovered a love of writing and Laura Ingalls Wilder at 5 years old, she eventually decided to hone her craft at The University of Nebraska where she received an MA in Creative Writing.  In 2010, she received her PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication.

In 2014, she published both Bad Feminist and An Untamed State to universal praise.  Bad Feminist, her collection of essays, continues to garner international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism.  In their review of her work TIME magazine proclaimed, "let this be the year of Roxane Gay!" In her essays, she navigates her sharp wit through entertainment and culture, particularly the consumption of television, news, movies, sports, literature and comedy. Her powerful debut novel, An Untamed State, is a thought-provoking examination of privilege, social class, entitlement and corruption. It was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and Library Journal named it one of the ten best books of the year.

Roxane is the co-editor of PANK and was the non-fiction editor at The Rumpus. She is at the helm ofThe Butter, a website dedicated to cultural criticism and personal essays by people of color and queer writers. Her writing has also appeared in McSweeney's, The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, and many others. She is also the author of Ayiti. She is currently working on her new novel, Hunger.

Roxane dominates Scrabble tournaments frequently and hopes to be Ina Garten when she grows up.  She resides in Indiana where she is an Associate professor of English at Purdue University.

Historic Trinity United Methodist Church Sanctuary

225 West President Street

Savannah, GA 31401


Free and open to the public

Reception and Book Signing - 8:00pm

Books will be available for purchase at the event through “The Book Lady Bookstore”.




Friday, October 2, 2015


Celebrating the 26th Anniversary of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Foundation!

$100 donation per person requested for this annual fundraiser.


216 East Gaston Street

Please RSVP by calling (912) 233-6014 or emailing at flanneryoconnorhome@gmail.com