Literary Arts Series

Authors visit BCC

Phil Klay


Phil Klay is the 2019 Literary Arts Series speaker. He will be speaking Thursday, March 28, 2019 in TEC 128, 1:45-3:00 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation.

Klay is the author of Redeployment, which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2014. He is the 2018 Hunt Prize winner for outstanding work in Cultural and Historical Criticism.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College. In 2005 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. In January 2007 he deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Marine Logistics Unit (Forward) as a public affairs officer and served overseas for thirteen months, returning in February 2008. He left the Corps in 2009 and attended Hunter College’s M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing, graduating in 2011. In 2015 he became a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and later taught as a lecturer in Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing.

Reviews

The Guardian: ‘Incendiary stories of war’

New York Times: The Madness of War Told in the First Person

Interviews

NPR

Image Journal

Essays

Two Decades of War Have Eroded the Morale of America’s Troops

The Citizen-Soldier: Moral Risk and the Modern Military

Tales of War and Redemption

The Warrior at the Mall

On Teaching Redeploynment

How Veterans Are Using Poetry to Heal

Theater of War

Claudia Rankine


Claudia Rankine is the Literary Arts Series speaker. She will be speaking Thursday, March 29, 2018 in TEC 128. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Life.

Rankine is the author of Citizen: An American Lyric. She is Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University, MacArthur Genius grant winner in 2016, and a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow. Born in Jamaica in 1963, Rankine earned her degree in English from Williams College. She has authored five poetry collections, plays, and edited numerous anthologies.

Reviews

New York Review of Books: ‘A New Way of Writing About Race’

New York Times: Claudia Rankine’s ‘Citizen’

Interviews

The Guardian

NPR

New Yorker

Essays

The Meaning of Serena Williams: On tennis and black excellence

The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning

On Teaching Rankine

Notes on Failing