Brian Turner is a soldier-poet whose debut book of poems, Here, Bullet, won the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection. His poetry has been published in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review and other journals, and in the Voices in Wartime Anthology. Here, Bullet is a harrowing, beautiful first-person account of the Iraq war featuring poems that reflect Turner’s experiences as a soldier. The poems speak with compassion, sympathy, and horror of the first-hand experience of war and with immediacy of loss, beauty, comradeship, and longing for home and the familiar; he deplores the violence and acknowledges the grief and terror of war.
Turner served seven years in the US Army Infantry, including a year in Iraq in 2003-2004, after earning an MFA from the University of Oregon and spending a year in South Korea. From 1999-2000, he was deployed with the 10th Mountain Division in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Turner has received a Beatrice Hawley Award, and in 2006 the Northern California Award for Poetry, the Maine Literary Award for Poetry, and the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Poetry. Turner is a recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship in 2006.Additional Brian Turner information and links.