Phil Klay


Phil Klay is a Dartmouth College Class of 2005 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 received an MFA from Hunter College of The City University of New York. Klay's New York Times-bestselling short story collection, Redeployment, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2014, and Phil's writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the Brookings Institution's Brookings Essay series. 

Klay's newest work, Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in Age of Endless, Invisible War, is an astonishing fever graph of the effects of twenty years of war in a brutally divided America.

Watch conversations Phil had at Dartmouth during his virtual residency in 2020:

American Culture and Military Culture: Phil spoke with Dartmouth President Emeritus and USMC veteran Jim Wright, and both men engaged in a spirited Q&A in front of a live audience.

Marine Memoirs and Civilian Life: Phil spoke with Nate Fick '99, USMC veteran, author of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer, and general manager of Elastic Security.

Accounts of War, Ancient and Modern: Phil spoke with Roberta Stewart, Dartmouth Professor of Classics and creator and teacher of "War Stories: Modern Vets Meet Ancient Texts."

Roundtable Discussion with Phil Klay and Dartmouth Veterans: Panelists were Nathan Bruschi '10 (Navy), Diane Cammarata '21 (National Guard), Brad Carney '20 (Army), Colson Palage '22 (Air Force), and Kate Sullivan '13 (Marines).