Phil Nerges



Iraq Journal--Sketches form the Contracting Life

Iraq Journal is an in-depth and honest account of a civilian contractor during the height of the Iraq War.  It provides an inside look at those who support our military, the risks, the results, and the realities.  The book is a straight-up narrative uncolored by popular conceptions about contractors.  The reader follows the workers through vivid portraits of truck convoys and life in the camps along MSR Tampa.  The author's experience is traced through twenty months in Iraq, the Gulf Coast devastation after Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, and finally through a post-Iraq catharsis in a New Jersey artist house.  The point of view is not from a political perspective, yet it raises questions about the long-term effects that war has on civilian workers.  The transition of the author's thoughts and emotions is clear. 

Iraq Journal provides the source material for the author's short stories and songs co-authored with musician/songwriter Vic Ruggiero.  The sketches will interest the military and contractor audience, but also their families and anyone else curious about life in the war zone. 

Previous writings:

Don't Feed the Cats in Iraq:

A book/CD collection of songs and stories about civilian workers in Iraq, lyrics and stories by Phil Nerges, music created and performed by Vic Ruggiero of the Slackers.  A CD, seven short stories, and a description of the project are included. 

Published Short Stories:

Barry's Blues
has been accepted for publication by Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, University of Arkansas-Monticello.  Date to be announced.

They Must Be Hungry
was first published in Amoskeag: The Journal of Southern New Hampshire University Spring 2010

Wallabout Bay appeared in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, University of Arkansas-Monticello, March 2011. 

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