April 23, 2019

Author Roxane Gay to co-host a new podcast, Hear to Slay


Photo of Roxane Gay by Slowking4 licensed under CC BY-NC

File under “awesome”: A new podcast has entered literary orbit and its hosts are none other than Roxane Gay, author of The New York Times best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist, and all around badass Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom. Titled Hear to Slay, the podcast “will be a black feminist podcast, with an intersectional perspective on celebrity, culture, politics, art, life, love and more.”

Reporting for The Root, Tonja Renée Stidhum was able to get a statement from Gay and Cottom, who stressed the importance of starting a podcast now: “I’ve been appearing on other people’s podcasts for years now, and when I’ve done so I’ve had great conversations with smart people, but I’ve also thought about what it might be like to host a podcast of my own.” Furthermore, the podcast merges the “high brow, the low brow, and everything in between.” Cottom synthesized the podcast to its perfect and most pristine elevator pitch: “Every badass woman has a group chat that keeps her lit … Hear to Slay is that group chat, set to ten.”

Set to be housed at Luminary, dubbed “the Netflix of podcasts,” Hear to Slay already has some amazing guests lined up including Gabrielle Union, Audra McDonald, Natasha Rothwell, Sarah Paulson, Ava DuVernay and Gloria Calderón Kellett. Every edition of the podcast will be housed at Luminary, an app aiming to be the future of podcasts. The podcast starts April 23rd, and you know it’s going to be something you’ll want to have queued up for those mid-work day pick-me-ups. Point your browser to luminarypodcasts.com and get ready.



Michael Seidlinger is the Library and Academic Marketing Manager at Melville House.