Brian Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and lived abroad in South Korea for a year before serving for seven years in the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division. Then in November 2003 he was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. His first book, Here, Bullet, chronicles his time in Iraq.
Turner has been featured on National Public Radio, the Newshour with Jim Lehrer and the BBC. He has received a NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship and a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. Turner has taught English at Fresno City College.
Articles About BRIAN TURNER
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The Brutal Poetry of the Iraq War
Poet Brian Turner served in the army for seven years, including as an infantry team leader in Iraq.
Conversations with America: Brian Turner
An essay from Iraq war veteran and poet Brian Turner.
In the Garden of Paradise
This piece is a setting of poems by Brian Turner, a veteran of the war in Iraq. Shawn Crouch Excerpts from "The Garden of Paradise" Chanticleer Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota.