September 2015 – Representing War, Torture and Otherness: a conversation with Philip Metres and Roy Scranton

Representing War, Torture and Otherness:
a conversation with Philip Metres and Roy Scranton

Please join us on Friday, September 18 from 2.00-3.30 in Rm 306, 244 Greene St (between Waverley and Washington Place) for our opening meeting of the Cultures of War and the Post-War Research Collaborative of 2015-16. We will discuss topics and speakers for the coming year and feature:

Representing War, Torture and Otherness:
a conversation with:

Philip Metres (poet, author, scholar, English dept, John Carroll University)
Roy Scranton (veteran war writer, scholar, and environmentalist,
PhD program in English, Princeton University)

*Refreshments and will be provided*

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Suggested short readings: if you have time, you can find the following as a PDF at:
1) Abu Ghraib Arias, from Metres’ awarding winning book of poetry, Sand Opera, which is based on the prisoner testimionies and official documents from the Abu Ghaib torture scandal;
2) Roy Scranton’s short story “Red Steel India,” excerpted his forthcoming Iraq war novel, War Porn & his Rolling Stone piece, “Back to Baghdad: Life in the City of Doom,” about his 2014 return to Iraq to “a city on the brink of civil war to confront the madness America created and the sadness, violence and chaos we left behind.”

Please put the following dates for upcoming Cultures of War sessions in your calendar: Friday Oct 16th, 2-4pm; Friday Nov 6th, 2-4pm; Friday Dec 4th, 2-4pm. More details to follow!

Speaker bios:
Philip Metres was born in San Diego and he grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Were it not for the Ellis Island effect, his last name would be Abourjaili. Since receiving a Ph.D. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University in 2001, Metres has written and translated a number of books and chapbooks, including Sand Opera (2015), Concordance of Leaves (2013), abu ghraib arias (2011), Ode to Oil (2011), To See the Earth (2008), Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (2007), Primer for Non-Native Speakers (2004). His writing has appeared widely, including in Best American Poetry and has garnered two NEA fellowships, two Arab American Book Awards, the PEN/Heim Translation Grant, and numerous other awards. His work has been called “beautiful, powerful, magnetically original” (Cleveland Arts Prize citation). Lawrence Joseph has written that “Philip Metres’s poetry speaks to us all, in ways critical, vital, profound, and brilliant.” His poems have been translated into Arabic, Polish, Russian, and Tamil. He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at John Carroll University in Cleveland.

Roy Scranton‘s journalism, essays, fiction, poetry, and reviews have been published in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, LIT, Boston Review, Prairie Schooner, Los Angeles Review of Books, Contemporary Literature, The Appendix, and elsewhere. He is one of the editors of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War (Da Capo, 2013). His book Learning to Die in the Anthropocene is forthcoming from City Lights in September 2015. His novel War Porn will be coming out with Soho Press in fall 2016.He is a Ph.D candidate in English at Princeton University. He was an artilleryman in the US Army from 2002 to 2006, and served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 (1st Armored Divison).

The NYU Cultures of War and the Postwar Research Collaborative aims to contribute to the debates around war culture and to produce concrete outcomes for post-war cultural policies which bridge the divides between academia, veterans, the military, activists, writers and creative artists in today’s challenging global climate. More information at
Hope to see you there!

Patrick Deer, Bill Blake and AB Huber
co-organizers, NYU Cultures of War and the Post-War Research Collaborative

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