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Roxane Gay is an American novelist and essayist known online as the founder of Tiny Hardcore Press and a writer for online literary site The Rumpus.
On September 17th, 2009, Gay published her first post on The Rumpus, a literary website founded in January 2009, titled “Funny Women #2 A Play About Post Racial America in Seven Acts.” She went on to act as the site’s essay editor, until she stepped down on July 26th, 2014, becoming the Essays Editor Emeritus. During her time as an editor she published more than 50 pieces of original content.
Tiny Hardcore Press
Gay founded Hardcore Press, an independent publisher focused on publishing pocket-sized chapbooks, in 2010. The press published their first title, Normally Special, on March 1st, 2011. As of August 2014, the press has published ten books including short story and essay collections. Gay explained her drive for running the press in an interview with Side B Magazine:
“Finding such beautiful books and knowing I have a small part in putting them out into the world is what makes it all worth it and then some. It’s a privilege even at its most frustrating.”
Gay’s essay collection Bad Feminist was published on August 5th, 2014, by Harper Perennial. As of August 6th, the book was the #1 best seller in Amazon’s women writer’s in women’s studies sections. The essay collection gained positive reviews for many sites including Slate, Flavorwire and The Huffington Post.
Social Media Presence
Gay created her Facebook page on June 4th, 2014, within a month it gained over 800 likes. As of August 2014, her Twitter account has gained over 22,000 followers. She started her Tumblr RoxaneGay on May 6th, 2011.
On July 14th, 2014, Flavorwire named Gay as one of “The 35 Writers Who Run the Literary Internet” describing her online influence:
“Gay suggests books on Goodreads, writes about things she cooks (and, even in those same pieces, a whole lot more) on her Tumblr, and tweets all the time. Between all of that, her widely published essays, and her fiction, readers just can’t get enough of her.”
All four of Gays books, including Ayiti (2011), An Untamed State (2014), Bad Feminist (2014) and Hunger (2016) have over a four star rating on the readers social media site GoodReads. Gay is also a frequent contributor to Buzzfeed and Salon.
The Huffington Post – The Book We’re Talking About: ‘Bad Feminist’ By Roxane Gay
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