The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has selected Roxane Gay for a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship. She is an associate professor of English at Purdue University and author of the New York Times bestsellers “Bad Feminist” and “Hunger.” Gay, who was nominated in the field of nonfiction writing, is among a diverse group of 173 scholars, artists and scientists selected for the prestigious fellowship from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants. She will use her portion of the Guggenheim grant to work on her forthcoming collection of essays titled “TV Guide,” which explore television and American culture.
Gay also is the author of the novel “An Untamed State,” the story collections “Ayiti” and “Difficult Women,” and the Marvel comic book series “World of Wakanda,” as well as numerous short fiction stories, essays, reviews and articles. She is currently working on film and television projects, a book of writing advice and a novel titled “The Year I Learned Everything.” At Purdue, she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction in the Master of Fine Arts program and the undergraduate level.
Her writing appears in “Best American Short Stories 2012” and “Best American Mystery Stories 2014,” as well as other anthologies. She is the editor of “Best American Short Stories 2018.” She was honored with PEN Center USA’s Freedom to Write Award in 2015 and was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in 2017.
Guggenheim fellowships support the work of artists, scholars and scientists who have shown prior achievement and exceptional promise. Since its inception in 1925, the fellowship has granted more than $360 million to support the work of more than 18,000 individuals. Gay is the second member of the Creative Writing faculty in the Department of English to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2005, Marianne Boruch, professor of English, was named a Fellow in the Poetry category.