The stories in this volume just out from Da Capo Press aren’t pretty and they aren’t for the faint of heart. They are realistic, haunting and shocking. And they are all unforgettable. Television reports, movies, newspapers and blogs about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have offered images of the fighting there. But this collection offers voices—powerful voices, telling the kind of truth that only fiction can offer.
We invite you to a reading and panel discussion with both contributing editors and two other contributors, all of them veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
What makes the collection so remarkable, then, is that all of these stories are written by those who were there, or waited for them at home. The anthology, which features a foreword by National Book Award winner Colum McCann, includes the best voices of the our wars’ generation: Brian Turner, whose poem “Hurt Locker” was the movie’s inspiration; Colby Buzzell, whose book My War resonates with countless veterans; Siobhan Fallon, whose book You Know When the Men Are Gone echoes the joy and pain of the spouses left behind; Matt Gallagher, whose book Kaboom captures the hilarity and horror of the modern military experience; and nine others.
Roy Scranton is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Princeton University. His poems and essays have been published in Boston Review, the New York Times, LIT, The Massachusetts Review, Theory & Event, and elsewhere. He was an artilleryman in the US Army from 2002 to 2006, and served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. Matt Gallagher is Senior Fellow at the nonprofit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the author of the war memoir Kaboom. A former Army captain who served fifteen months in Iraq, he is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia University. Phil Klay is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a graduate of the MFA program at Hunter College. He has been published by the NY Times, the NY Daily News, and Granta, and is completing a short story collection to be published by Penguin Press. Jacob Siegel is an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Siegel’s work has been published in New York Press, New Partisan, and The Arch. Currently he is writing a book that he describes as a pulp detective novel set inside an epic detective novel.