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Nationally-Acclaimed Writer and U.S. Marine Veteran to Visit Canisius

BUFFALO, NY ― Canisius College presents Phil Klay who will read from his works on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Klay’s visit, which is part of the Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series, is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. Seating is limited. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

     Klay is a Dartmouth graduate and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. He served in Iraq during the surge and subsequently received an MFA from Hunter College, where he studied with Colum McCann. Klay’s work has appeared in Granta, the New York Times, Tin House and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. His short story collection, Redeployment, was named a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award for fiction. Writing in the New Yorker, George Packer called Redeployment “the best literary work thus far written by a veteran of America’s recent wars.” In addition, Klay was named to the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” list.

     The Contemporary Writers Series was developed by Mick Cochrane, PhD, professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius.  Founded with a grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation and continued through the Peter Canisius Distinguished Teaching Professorship Program, the writers series is generously supported by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Hassett and Scoma Endowments, and with the cooperation of The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Just Buffalo Literary Center, Western New York Writing Project and Talking Leaves Books.

     For more information on the Contemporary Writers Series, contact Cochrane at 716-888-2662.

     Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.