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Phil Klay  

U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and Author of "Redeployment"

Phil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged, Phil received his MFA from Hunter College. He is the author of "Redeployment" (The Penguin Press), a powerful collection of short stories that takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In his book and public lectures, Phil explores the complex feelings of brutality, faith, guilt, and fear that a soldier experiences during war, while also revealing the isolation and despair that can accompany a soldier’s homecoming.

With his stark, realistic depictions of war, Phil’s book has been praised as “one of the best debuts of the year” by the Portland Oregonian and author Karen Russell calls his writing “searing and powerful, unsparing of its characters and its readers.” His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Granta, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, the New York Daily News, Tin House, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.

Speech Topics

A Soldier’s Homecoming: Returning to Civilian Life

From the Front Lines of War: Exploring Themes of Violence, Survival, Grief, and Fear

Depictions of War and the Tradition of War Literature


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