Brian Turner


Brian Turner is a Bestselling and Award winning poet of Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise. His latest book, My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir has been a NY Times Editor’s Pick and is published by Jonathan Cape and WW Norton.  
Turner has previously been Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award.

Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon before serving for seven years in the US Army. He was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Prior to that, he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division (1999-2000).
As well as an infantryman, Brian has worked as a machinist, a locksmith’s assistant, a convenience store clerk, a pickler, a maker of circuit boards, a dishwasher, an EFL teacher in South Korea, a low voltage electrician, a radio DJ, a bass guitar instructor, and more. 

He directs the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College and serves as a contributing editor at The Normal School.   Brian is married to Ilyse Kusnetz (poet and author of Small Hours from Truman State University Press). They live in Florida.

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Brian in the Academy Award nominated Operation Homecoming. (He starts at 1min7secs) 

Link to Florence and the Machine.  
Mentioned at 4:30