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Poetry Reading: Brian Turner, soldier poet

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Waterbury Campus
Rm. 113 - 116 (99 East Main St., Waterbury, CT)

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. His memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, that retraces his war experience, has just been published (2014). 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. 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. This event is sponsored by the Connecticut Poetry Circuit, the UConn Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs, the Waterbury Faculty Program Fund, and the OLLI Program.


Glen MacLeod, English Dept.,

Veterans Affairs and Military Programs (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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