You might not know Roxane Gay, but you really should. She writes about pop culture, structural inequality, literature and a host of other topics in her smart and humorous essays. She's also a novelist and a Purdue University professor, as of this semester. She published two books this year, a collection of essays called Bad Feminist and a novel titled An Untamed State. And, just to show us all how productive a writer and cultural commenter can be, she maintains a lively Twitter feed, which is just as likely to feature thoughts on difficult topics such as rape and police shootings as it is to explore, in grand detail, the happenings on Ina Garten's cooking shows.
On Wednesday night, she'll make the trip down I-65 to speak at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library to talk alongside Sarah Layden, Michael Martone and Salvatore Pane at a Vouched Presents event. To prepare for Gay's visit, click on over to a few best bets from her online essays: