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Award-Winning Poet Brian Turner

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Award-winning soldier-poet Brian Turner gave a reading on Thursday 8 November at 4 p.m. in Mood-Bridwell Atrium. Turner spoke as part of the Howard-Crawford Lecture series.

Award winning poet Brian Turner, author of Phantom Noise (2010) and Here, Bullet (2005), gave a reading from his work and answered questions in Mood-Bridwell Atrium on Thursday, November 8 at 4 p.m.

Turner served seven years in the US Army, including 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.

 Here, Bullet 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. Phantom Noise was shortlisted for the 2010 T.S. Eliot Prize in Poetry.

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.  He has received, among other honors, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, and the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. In 2009, Turner was selected as one of 50 United States Artists Fellows.

He is Director of the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe.