Brian Turner


Brian Turner

Brian Turner is the author of two collections of poetry — Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise (Alice James Books; 2005, 2010). Both collections are also available in the U.K. from Bloodaxe Books (2007, 2010). Here, Bullet is a New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection and has won numerous awards (including the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award and the 2007 Poets Prize). The 2009-2010 Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholar, Turner has also been awarded a 2009 USA Hillcrest Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. His work has been published in Poetry Daily, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Georgia Review, and others. He teaches at Sierra Nevada College.

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[I]n sharp, straightforward, yet lyrical language, Turner exposes the many costs of war.

Library Journal

The day of the first moonwalk, my father’s college literature professor told his class, “Someday they’ll send a poet, and we’ll find out what it’s really like.” Turner has sent back a dispatch from a place arguably more incomprehensible than the moon—the war in Iraq—and deserves our thanks…

New York Times Book Review

[Turner] is a writer who is less warrior than observer, someone whose curiosity, knowledge and tenderness allow insight into landscapes and people that terrify the rest of us… Turner shows us soldiers who are invincible and wounded, a nation noble and culpable, and a war by turns necessary and abominable.

The Washington Post