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War poet Brian Turner to read at Reynolda House

January 27, 2009

Iraq war veteran Brian Turner, a poet who spent seven years in the U.S. Army, will read from his award-winning debut collection “Here, Bullet” at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

The event, presented by the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading series at Wake Forest University, is free and open to the public.  A book-signing and reception will follow the reading.

“Here, Bullet” has won numerous accolades, including the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award and the 2007 Poets Prize, as well as being selected a New York Times “Editor’s Choice.” 

Turner earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oregon and lived in South Korea for a year before serving in the Army.  He was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq, beginning November 2003, 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.

His 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.  He received a 2006 Lannan Literature Fellowship and a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry.

For more information, call (336) 758-5150.

Press Contacts:

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