In April 2014, Duke University’s Forum for Scholars and Publics, Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits, and the Regulator Bookshop hosted a reading by Phil Klay, Iraq war veteran and author of the widely acclaimed story collection, Redeployment, at Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits in downtown Durham. The reading was followed by a discussion with Klay, along with Intrepid owner and Iraq war veteran Matt Victoriano, and Intrepid staff members and veterans Ryan Wetter and Logan Mehl-Laituri (Duke Divinity ’13). The discussion was moderated by D.G. Martin of UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch” and veteran of the US Army’s Special Forces.
Listen to the panelists on The State of Things: Return From War
While he was at Duke, Klay also participated in a discussion at the Forum for Scholars and Publics on the topic of writing about war.
Coverage of Redeployment:
- “The Long Road Home,” New York Times
- “Redeployment Explores Iraq War’s Physical and Psychic Costs,” NPR’s Fresh Air
- “The Madness of War Told in the First Person,” New York Times
- “Book World: In Phil Klay’s ‘Redeployment,’ engrossing short stories about the Iraq War,” Washington Post
- “Transcending the Archetypes of War: An Interview with Phil Klay,” Paris Review
- “Reminder from a Marine: Civilians and Veterans Share Ownership of War,” NPR
- “Author Phil Klay, Local Veterans Discuss ‘Redeployment’ and Returning Home,” Oregon Public Broadcasting
- “‘Redeployment’ by Phil Klay review – ‘incendiary stories of war,’ The Guardian
Works by Phil Klay:
- After War, a Failure of the Imagination,” New York Times
- “OIF,” Granta
- “Ten Kliks South,” Guernica
- “The ‘Soldier’ with the Bazooka – World War II, Iraq, and a Story of the Good War,” The Daily Beast (non-fiction)
- “Death and Memory,” New York Times (non-fiction)
Coverage of Matt Victoriano and Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits:
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 he went to Hunter College and received an MFA. His story “Redeployment” was originally published in Granta and is included in Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Granta, Tin House, and elsewhere.
In 2014 Klay’s short story collection Redeployment was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize and won the National Book Award for Fiction. He was also named a National Book Foundation ’5 Under 35′ honoree in 2014.