The Better Bombshell


This week marks the launch of the anthology The Better Bombshell, a collaboration of writers and artists exploring female role models. Contributors include Rick Bass, Elizabeth Bass, Charlotte Austin, Dave Barry, Siolo Thompson, Paul Szynol, Raechel Running, Heather Fowler, Kate Prtage, Jason Thompson, and many others.

At Feministe, Angela Eloise Smalley describes the project as one that “explores how feminine role models and sex symbols of the past have given way to new and developing ideas about women and sex, sorting through the barrage of conflicting ways women are portrayed and perceived in today’s popular culture to identify positive, multidimensional female role models and gain new insights into the way modern female role models affect us all.”

If you’re in Seattle, join some of the writers and artists on February 14, 8 p.m.–midnight, at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.

Details on other launch events can be found here. Buy the book! Browse the website! Consider what the better bombshell might look for you?

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best 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 Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, Difficult Women, and Hunger forthcoming in 2017. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. Roxane was the founding Essays Editor and is a current Advisory Board member for The Rumpus. You can find her at More from this author →