Creative Writing Past Faculty

Phil Klay

Phil Klay headshot

Writer Phil Klay. Photo by Hannah Dunphy


Phil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College 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 went to Hunter College and received an MFA. His story “Redeployment” was originally published in Granta and is included in Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Granta, Tin House, and elsewhere. In 2014 Klay’s short story collection, Redeployment, was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize and won the National Book Award for Fiction. He was also named a National Book Foundation ’5 Under 35′ honoree and a 2015-2016 Hodder Fellow at Princeton. He is currently working on a novel about the U.S. involvement in Colombia.