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Witnessing War

A conversation about war and writing with Matt Gallagher
April 11th, 2016
12:00 PM

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Monday, April 11, 2016

noon - 1:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

Light lunch served at 11:45

Join us for a discussion about "boots on the ground" in contemporary American military conflict. Duke Divinity School student and veteran Naval Officer Giovanna Meek moderates this conversation with acclaimed author and Army veteran Matt Gallagher about his experiences being a soldier and a writer. As an officer in the Army, Gallagher served in Iraq from 2007 to 2009. During six months of that time, he also maintained, under a pseudonym, a popular blog, "Kaboom: A Soldier's War Journal", which was ultimately shut down by his superiors. Gallagher later published his blog as a memoir, and has continued to write about war in the form of newspaper commentaries, short stories, and his recently-published novel, Youngblood.

In this conversation, Meek will talk with Gallagher about the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by soldiers on the ground, the military/civilian divide in the United States, and the reasons for using different genres to write about war.

Copies of Youngblood are available for purchase at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth Street, Durham. On Monday evening, April 11 at 7 pm, Matt Gallagher and writer, Iraq war veteran, & active-duty Army officer Jessica Scott will be at The Regulator talking about how they write about war. More information here.

 

Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher is a former US Army captain and the author of the acclaimed Iraq war memoir Kaboom, based on the popular and controversial blog he kept while he was deployed. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia and has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Daily Beast, and Playboy, among others. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.

His debut novel Youngblood was published in February 2016 from Atria/Simon & Schuster.

Read reviews of Youngblood:

"Review: 'Youngblood' an Urgent Novel about the Iraq War", by Michiko Kakutani, the New York Times, Jan. 21, 2016.

"'Youngblood' Review: A novel about the Iraq War from a soldier who was there," by Roxana Robinson, The Washington Post, Jan. 22, 2016.

Hear an interview with Gallagher by Susan Page on WAMU's The Diane Rehm Show, Feb. 23, 2016

Read an interview with Gallagher by Brian Castner in the LARB, January 26, 2016.