Contemporary Writers Series

Founded with a grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation and continued through the Peter Canisius Distinguished Teaching Professorship Program, the writer series is generously supported today by the Hassett, Scoma, and Lowery Endowments, and by the William H. Fitzpatrick Chair of Political Science and with the cooperation of The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Just Buffalo Literary Center, Western New York Writing Project, and Talking Leaves Books.

FALL 2014

Phil KlayPhil Klay

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 
7 pm, Montante Cultural Center

Phil Klay is a Dartmouth graduate and a 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. His work has appeared in Granta, the New York Times, Tin House, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. Redeployment is his first book. Writing in the New Yorker, George Packer called Redeployment "the best literary work thus far written by a veteran of America’s recent wars... a masterly collection of short stories about war and its psychological consequences.”

Web Resources

Phil Klay's Home Page
Klay describes origins and sources of Redeployment
Phil Klay reads an excerpt from Redeployment
The Paris Review interviews Phil Klay
New York Times Review of Redeployment
Phil Klay discusses the Iraq war and the challenges of returning to civilian life with The Guardian
Review of Redeployment by Brian Castner, author of The Long Walk

Téa ObrehtTéa Obreht

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
7 pm, Grupp Fireside Lounge

Téa Obreht was born in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia and has lived in the United States since the age of twelve. She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and an MFA in fiction writing from Cornell. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Harpers, and The Guardian, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her first novel, The Tiger’s Wife, was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction, named a National Book Award Finalist, and selected one of the best books of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle. She was named by The New Yorker one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty and included in the National Book Foundation’s list of 5 under 35. She lives in New York.

Web Resources

Téa Obreht's Home Page
New York Times Profile
New York Times Review of The Tiger's Wife
Interview with The Rumpus
Interview on PBS Newshour
Téa Obreht Reads an excerpt from The Tiger's Wife