Phil Nannery holds a BA in English with a minor in history from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MA in English, Irish writing and film from University College Cork with a thesis entitled “The Irish-Catholic as Other in Post-War American Literature”.

He is a proud Plastic Paddy born in Long Island and raised Catholic in the DC suburbs.  He served in the Army National Guard as an infantryman from 2007 till 2013 and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan in between semesters at VCU “just to keep it real”.

Upon his ETS from the Guard due to excessive exposure to the Big Green Weenie, he taught English as a foreign language in Japan for nearly two years, where he decided to return to grad school, and only decided to do so in Ireland when he found out that it would be covered by the 9/11 GI Bill there.

He spends most of his free time writing, lifting weights, maintaining an impressive post-military beer belly, and the occasional trad-sesh.