Roxane Gay shares her thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy

The Big Idea is a lens. It is a way of seeing. It is a window and a platform for you to explore Harbourfront Centre’s diverse programming.

In our 40th anniversary year at Harbourfront Centre, we are exploring The Big Idea: Legacy. Legacy is the essential contribution of the past that acknowledges the present. It is a magnificent merging of past desire and future promise. In legacy the past and present come together to create fundamental meaning.

Look for the symbol below as you make your way through Harbourfront Centre to see how The Big Idea: Legacy manifests itself in our artists’ work.


Meet: Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared in Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, The Rumpus, Salon and numerous anthologies. She is the co-editor of PANK and teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. She is also the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State and Bad Feminist. Gay will appear at this year’s International Festival of Authors, running October 23 to November 2.

What does legacy mean to you?

Legacy is the whole of what I leave in my wake as a woman, writer and thinker.

How does legacy manifest itself in your work?

Legacy emerges in my work as I try to become better and understand the world better and challenge people to consider nuance and the importance of being open to change.

Whose legacy has influenced you?

The legacy of my parents who have done so much for me and many others and have exemplified how to be a good human is the greatest influence in my life.


What is your Legacy? What does Legacy mean to you? And how have you experienced Legacy at Harbourfront Centre? Tell us how The Big Idea: Legacy has manifested itself in your experience. Tweet us at @HarbourfrontTO to join the conversation.

Keep your eyes peeled for more blog posts, programming and artist interviews highlighting The Big Idea: Legacy throughout our 40th Anniversary Year.