Danger Close: Writing War in the Workshop

Danger Close: Writing War in the Workshop


Words After War, in partnership with the New York Public Library, is pleased to present “Danger Close: Writing War in the Workshop.” At 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 21, novelist and journalist Helen Benedict will moderate a panel to include Matt Gallagher, Phil Klay, Maurice Decaul and Mariette Kalinowski. The panelists will share personal stories of documenting and researching war, as well as the particular challenges and complications of writing about war in the 21st century. We hope to see you there! Tickets and further information can be found HERE.

A bit more about the (very talented and generous) panelists and moderator:

Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher is the author of the memoir Kaboom and the co-editor of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. A graduate of Wake Forest University and Columbia University, Matt leads the Words After War workshop at Mellow Pages Library in Brooklyn.

Phil Klay

Phil Klay is a Dartmouth grad and a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He served in Iraq during the Surge and subsequently received an MFA from Hunter College. His first published story, “Redeployment,” appeared in Granta’s Summer 2011 issue. That story led to the sale of his forthcoming collection, which will be published in seven countries. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily NewsTin House, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.

Maurice Decaul

Maurice Decaul is a former Marine and Iraq war veteran. He studied poetry at Columbia University, where he founded the Columbia University Veterans Writing Workshop. Maurice has been a contributor to the New York Times and has had work featured on Newsweek.com and in Sierra Magazine.

Mariette Kalinowksi

Mariette Kalinowksi served in the United States Marine Corps from 2002-10, and was deployed twice to Al Taqaddum, Iraq. She is a contributor to Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War.

Helen Benedict

Helen Benedict is the author of six novels and five books of nonfiction. Her latest novel, Sand Queen, set in the Iraq War, is now out in paperback from Soho Press. Benedict’s Sand Queen and The Lonely Soldier, along with her articles about sexual assault in the military, inspired the award-winning documentary The Invisible War.


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