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Visiting Writer: Brian Turner
Brian Turner is a
soldier-poet who is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise (2010)
and Here, Bullet (2005) which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York
Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 Pen Center USA “Best in the
West” award, and the 2007 Poets Prize, among others. He also has a memoir,
My Life as a Foreign Country (2014) that retraces his war experience. Turner
served seven years in the US Army, to include one year as an infantry team
leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
Prior to that, he was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th
Mountain Division. Turner’s poetry has been published in Poetry Daily, The
Georgia Review, and other journals, and in the Voices in Wartime Anthology
published in conjunction with the feature-length documentary film of the same
name. Turner was also featured in Operation Homecoming, a unique documentary
that explores the firsthand accounts of American servicemen and women through
their own words. He earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and has lived
abroad in South Korea. In 2009, Turner was selected as one of fifty United
States Artists Fellows.