S226. New Directions in Contemporary War Fiction

Room 510, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This panel features short readings and commentary by four first-time novelists in the burgeoning field of contemporary war literature. The authors' novels, each published in either 2015 or 2016, highlight new possibilities for representing combat, war, and military culture in fiction. Building on recent critically acclaimed fiction depicting conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, the panel authors refine our understanding of the human dimensions of war overseas and on the home front.



Peter Molin is a retired US Army infantry officer who currently teaches part-time at Rutgers University in New Jersey. For ten years he was on the faculty of the Department of English and Philosophy at West Point. He blogs at Time Now: The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in Art, Film, and Literature.

Matt Gallagher is the author of the novel Youngblood, the memoir Kaboom, and coeditor of the short fiction collection Fire & Forget. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, and the Atlantic. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia.

Andria Williams is the author of the forthcoming novel The Longest Night. She received her BA in English from UC Berkeley and her MFA in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota.

Jesse Goolsby is the author of I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them. A recipient of the Richard Bausch Fiction Prize and fellowships to Sewanee and Hambidge, he is the fiction editor at War, Literature & the Arts and nonfiction editor at the Southeast Review.

Elliot Ackerman is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Green on Blue. His writings have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New Republic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. He currently lives in Istanbul and writes on the Syrian Civil War.


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