Iraq veteran presents award-winning stories

For Immediate Release:  Sept. 24, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — A 2014 National Book Award winner and Iraq veteran Phil Klay will read from his stories “Redeployment” as part of Bloomsburg University’s Big Dog Reading Series. The reading will take place downtown in BU’s Greenly Center, 50 E. Main St., on Monday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. The programs in the series are free of charge and open to the public.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Klay served as a public affairs officer in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008. Since then, his writings have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and Granta.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and received his Master of Fine Arts degree at Hunter College. This year, Klay received the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s James Webb award for fiction, the National Book Critics’ Circle John Leonard Award and the American Library Association’s W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction.

“Redeployment” is a collection of short stories depicting the experiences of several Marines in Iraq, including the heartbreak and adjustments to civilian life, which won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction. New York Times critic Dexter Filkins said, “‘Redeployment’ is hilarious, biting, whipsawing and sad. It’s the best thing written so far on what the war did to people’s souls.”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.