Roy Scranton (Ola Kjelbye)
Roy Scranton is the author ofÂ
Â (Soho Press, 2019),Â IÂ â¥Â Oklahoma! Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature Â (University of Chicago Press, 2019),Â Weâre Doomed. Now What?Â (Soho Press, 2018),Â War PornÂ (Soho Press, 2016), andÂ Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a CivilizationÂ (City Lights, 2015). He has written for theÂ New York Times,Â Rolling Stone,Â The Nation, theÂ New Republic,Â The Baffler,Â Yale Review,Â Boston Review, and elsewhere, and he co-editedÂ What Future: The Yearâs Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate & Reinvent Our FutureÂ (Unnamed Press, 2017) andÂ Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long WarÂ (Da Capo, 2013). He grew up in a working-class family in Oregon, dropped out of college after his freshman year, and spent his early twenties wandering the American West. In 2002, he enlisted in the US Army and served four years, including a fourteen-month deployment to Iraq.
After leaving the Army at the rank of sergeant, he completed his bachelorâs degree and earned a masterâs degree at the New School for Social Research, then earned a PhD in English at Princeton. His essay âLearning How to Die in the Anthropoceneâ was selected for theÂ
2015Â Best American Science and Nature Writing, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University, and he has been awarded a Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities and a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches creative writing. Website:Â http://royscranton.com/
Roy Scrantonâs lecture is part of
Writing Across the Civil-Military Divide, a series of lectures and writing workshops that aim to help veteransâ stories be seen by the American public. Participants, both veterans and civilians, will come together to explore and write literary fiction and memoir related to experiences with the civil-military divide, culminating in a publication of their own writing on the topic. Support for Writing Across the Civil-Military Divide is provided by the Salt Lake City Arts Council. Writing Across the Civil-Military DivideÂ events include writing workshops and lectures geared towards helping veterans tell their stories in ways that allow for a public conversation about the growing divide between the American public and its veterans. Additional information about Writing Across the Civil-Military Divide events can be found atÂ http://www.slcc.edu/cwc/upcomingevents.aspx Roy Scranton, â Ambush Your Experience: Using Innovative Literary Techniques in Veterans Writingâ
Thursday, February 27, 7 p.m.
SLCC South City Campus, Multipurpose Room, 1575 South State Street
Free and open to the public