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Writing About War

With Phil Klay and Rob Densmore. Moderated by Duncan Murrell.
April 15th, 2014
5:00 PM


An informal discussion with Phil Klay and Rob Densmore focusing on writing about war. Klay is an Iraq war Marine Corps veteran and author of both fiction and nonfiction accounts of war. Densmore is a Navy veteran of the war in Afghanistan and former embedded journalist, currently pursuing a degree in the Divinity School at Duke. The discussion will be moderated by Duncan Murrell, Writer in Residence at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies; Contributing Editor, Harper’s Magazine and The Oxford American; and US Marine Corps Veteran.

While he was at Duke, he also participated in a reading and discussion with other veterans at the former Intrepid Life Cafe.

Phil Klay

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.

Robert Densmore

Duke University

Densmore is a journalist, entrepreneur, theology student, and advocate. He is currently a graduate student at Duke University’s Divinity School. He previously served in the US Navy as a flight officer in Afghanistan, became a front line journalist in Afghanistan, and developed a strong interest in investigating and understanding people, motivations, and political undercurrents. He is a theological advocate for veterans, civilians, and those of various faith whose traditions are persecuted for their beliefs.