A collaborative effort of the Appalachian Veterans Arts & Humanities Collective and Blurred Boundaries: The Experience of War and Its Aftermath
Matt Gallagher, a Wake Forest University graduate, and Iraq war combat veteran, will be returning to Appalachian State University on October 19 & 20, 2017. He kicked off the Collective’s inaugural event during his residency here in mid-June of 2016. Gallagher is the author of two highly acclaimed books: the memoir, Kaboom, and the Iraq War novel, Youngblood, cited by the New York Times as “An urgent and deeply moving novel.”
Gallagher’s visit is a collaborative effort of Appalachian State’s Appalachian Veterans Arts & Humanities Collective and Appalachian State’s Blurred Boundaries: The Experience of War and Its Aftermath, a film, reading, and discussion series sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Schedule of Events
- October 19, 2017
415 Plemmons Student Union (Rough Ridge)
Matt Gallagher will give a reading of his work, followed by a Q&A. Free and open to the public.
- October 20, 2017
2 - 5 p.m.
102 Plemmons Student Union (Watauga River Room)
Free and open to the public.
About Matt Gallagher
Matt Gallagher is the author of the novel Youngblood, published in February 2016 by Atria/Simon & Schuster. Reviewing for The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani wrote of Youngblood, "On one level, the novel is a parable—with overtones of Graham Greene's The Quiet American—about the United States and Iraq and the still unfurling consequences of the war ... Mr. Gallagher has a keen reportorial eye, a distinctive voice and an instinctive sympathy for the people he is writing about ... [This] is an urgent and deeply moving novel." Youngblood has also received positive reviews or been featured in The Washington Post, Esquire, The Wall Street Journal and Vogue.
A former U.S. Army captain, Matt's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review Daily and Playboy, among other places. He's also the author of the Iraq memoir Kaboom and coeditor of, and contributor to, the short fiction collection Fire & Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. In 2015, Gallagher was featured in Vanity Fair as one of the voices of a new generation of American war literature. Among other media, he's appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning and NPR's The Diane Rehm Show.
A graduate of Wake Forest University, Matt also holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn and works as a writing instructor at Words After War, a literary nonprofit devoted to bringing veterans and civilians together to study conflict literature.
All of Matt Gallagher's books will be available at the Appalachian State University Bookstore, and will be available for purchase at the writers workshop and the public reading, reception and book signing.
Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. We recommend the Library Parking Deck on College Street (from King Street, turn down College Street at the First Baptist Church). To reach the Student Union, cross College Street and follow the walkway between the chiller plant and the University Bookstore, passing the Post Office and entering the Student Union on the second floor. More information and maps