Roxane Gay has become accustomed to rejection. She is not a reject. She likes to write things. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan Technological University (which is in Michigan!) getting her degree in Rhetoric & Technical Communication. She will be graduating in May 2010 so if you need a professor, let her know. She is the associate editor of PANK. She contributes to HTMLGIANT. She is crazy for musical theatre. She is not technically crazy. She plays poker. She is not a sea anemone. She can sing.
Almost Dorothy: Are you a Potty Mouth? If yep, example—
Roxane Gay: I make sailors blush. Need I say more? Okay, I’ll share a little song I learned in high school that I still enjoy reciting: “Shit damn shit damn shit damn damn. Some motherfucker just fucked my man. I’ll find another fucker better than that motherfucker. Shit damn shit damn shit damn damn.” It’s really quite a catchy tune.
AD: Wow, mom loves that song. She’s got it memorized already. Roxane, I don’t want to get personal, but mom insists—does your sex life (imagined or real) inform your art?
RG: Two words: Olive Oil
AD: I use Pam.Why aren’t there enough juicy butts in modern lit and tricked out crackers?
RG: Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?
AD: Because we don’t have wings. In any case, what does it feel like to be dynamite?
RG: Explosive. Very explosive.
AD: What makes you the happiest writer in the world?
RG: Fame and fortune but mostly the fortune. Just ask Lady Gaga.
RG: Fame can be a burden. The paparazzi are relentless. Again, see Lady Gaga.
AD: Do you gamble?
RG: Care to wager on my response?
AD: 50 cents, sure. Hey, if you could be any animal in the zoo, which sitcom character would you want to be? And, why?
RG: Elliott from Scrubs because she’s a hot weird nerd and that’s what I want to be when I grow up.
AD: So I guess you want to have a sex change too. No judgments here. So, La Vie En Rose or Ma Vie En Rose?
RG: Ma Vie En Rose parce que le rose est ma couleur favorite.
AD: I don’t speak French, girl. What’s the ultimate dream for Roxane Gay?
RG: To have a great hair day every damn day.