Roxane Gay shot to fame with her bestselling collection of essays Bad Feminist. Roxane has applied her razor-sharp literary talent to a new collection of short stories, Difficult Women. She joins Durga Chew-Bose for an unforgettable conversation about what constitutes a difficult woman and what inspires the darkness in her work. Amid the current political and social turmoil, Roxane’s deadeye wit and immeasurable courage may be what we need.

Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. Durga Chew-Bose supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney.

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Roxane Gay (International)

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Roxane Gay is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, Difficult Women and Hunger (forthcoming in 2017). Her writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Short Stories, Best Sex Writing, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. Roxane was the 2015 winner of the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write award, a prize given to those who write in the face of extreme adversity or demonstrate exceptional courage defending free expression.

Durga Chew-Bose (International)

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Durga Chew-Bose is a Montreal-born writer. Her work has appeared in publications including The Globe and Mail, The Hairpin, Lenny Letter and The Guardian. Her debut collection of essays, Too Much and Not the Mood, was inspired by a 1931 Virginia Woolf diary entry. It explores culture, writing, and identity and the result is a lyrical and piercingly insightful collection of essays written in her own brand of essay-meets-prose poetry. Durga is currently teaching a non-fiction writing workshop at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.