Oct. 8, 2014
WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- Brian Turner, an award-winning writer who served seven years in the U.S. Army will read his poetry at Arts@Night at the University of New Haven on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
The presentation is free and open to the public and will take place in Bartels Hall in meeting room AB.Turner is the author of “Here, Bullet,” a poetry collection about his experiences in Iraq. The book won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection, the 2006 Pen Center USA “Best in the West” award, and the 2007 Poets Prize, among others.
Turner received major media attention for “Here, Bullet.” and was featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The News Hour and on NPR’s Morning Edition.
He was featured in the film, “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience,” nominated for a 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Turner is also the author of the poetry collection, “Phantom Noise,” shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
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. In 2009, Turner was selected as one of 50 United States Artists Fellows.
Turner also has written a memoir, “My Life as a Foreign Country,” which retraces his war experience.
He has been awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry and the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship.
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