Regendering Power

Thursday July 19, 2018
07:00 pm

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This event will take place at:

The Greene Space

44 Charlton Street, NYC
(corner of Varick Street)



Writers Roxane Gay and Akwaeke Emezi will join us for the last installment of the I Am America series to discuss shifting cultural views of gender, politics, art, and power. Best-selling author Gay is the editor of Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, an anthology of first-person essays published earlier this year which tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on. Emezi's groundbreaking debut novel, Freshwater, is the story of a person living outside of our standard ideas of identity and was hailed by Edwidge Danticat as “an extraordinarily powerful and very different kind of physical and psychological migration story.”



About Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014Best American Short Stories 2012Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books AyitiAn Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects. She recently edited Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture.


About Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. Currently long-listed for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize, her debut autobiographical novel Freshwater (Grove Press) is a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and an Indies Introduce Title. It received rave reviews from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and the LA Times, among others, as well as starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist


Emezi's first young adult novel, Pet, will be published in 2019 by Make Me a World, Christopher Myers' imprint in partnership with Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Her short story 'Who Is Like God' won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa. 


Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Emezi holds two degrees, including an MPA from New York University. In 2017, she was awarded a Global Arts Fund grant for the video art in her project The Unblinding, and a Sozopol Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction. She received a 2015 Morland Writing Scholarship to write her second novel, and is a 2016 Kimbilio Fellow. Emezi's writing has been published by The Cut, Buzzfeed, Granta Online,, and Commonwealth Writers, among others. Her memoir work was included in The Fader's 'Best Culture Writing of 2015' ('Who Will Claim You?') and her experimental short UDUDEAGU won the Audience Award for Best Short Experimental at the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival.


About I Am America

This event is part of I Am America, a conversation series about what it means to be a part of these (sometimes) United States, presented by The Center for Fiction and The Greene Space at WNYC.