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Brian Turner - Author

About the Author

Brian Turner served for seven years in the US Army. He was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq from November 2003 with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. In 1999-2000 he was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division. Born in 1967, he received an MFA from the University of Oregon and lived abroad in South Korea for a year before joining the army.

His poetry was included in the Voices in Wartime Anthology published in conjunction with a feature-length documentary film. His collection Here, Bullet (Bloodaxe Books, 2007) was first published in the US by Alice James Books in 2005, where it has earned Turner nine major literary awards, including a 2006 Lannan Literary Fellowship and a 2007 NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry. In 2009 he was given an Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship. His second collection, Phantom Noise is published by Alice James Books in the US and by Bloodaxe Books in the UK in 2010.  It has been shortlisted for the 2010 T S Eliot Prize.

Featured books by Brian Turner

Other books by Brian Turner

Taking Off

Taking Off

Author: Brian Turner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/2019

My Life as a Foreign Country A Memoir

My Life as a Foreign Country A Memoir

Author: Brian Turner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2019

An award-winning poet and former infantry team leader in Iraq, Brian Turner combines his devastating recollections as Sergeant Turner with his visions of the experiences of generations of warriors in his family-and even those of the enemy-in a work of profound understanding and shocking beauty.

The Kiss Intimacies from Writers

The Kiss Intimacies from Writers

Author: Brian Turner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/02/2019

From Sioux Falls to Khartoum, from Kyoto to Darwin; from the panchayat forests to the Giant's Causeway; in taxis and at bus stops, in kitchens and sleigh beds, haystacks and airports-people are kissing one another. The sublime kiss. The ambiguous kiss. The broken kiss. The kiss that changes a life. Far from the scripted passion of Hollywood, this uniquely human gesture carries within it the possibility for infinite shades of meaning and it does not stop for anything-not war, revolution or natural disaster. In The Kiss, authors like Nick Flynn, Kristen Radtke and Pico Iyer explore our quest to bridge the gulf between ourselves and others through this fleeting physical connection, and to uncover the depths contained in words like tenderness, passion and love.

Night Fishing

Night Fishing

Author: Brian Turner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2016

Let us live long enough to say we have seen eternity through the window of our time, and that we believe it will stick. -'On Evolution: Just in Time' In these new poems about friendship, mortality, and home, Brian Turner asks how we can face the truths and uncertainties of our experiences and how we can live with them. Night Fishing is defined by Turner's unmistakable wit and feeling, precision and insight.

My Life as a Foreign Country

My Life as a Foreign Country

Author: Brian Turner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

In 2003, Sergeant Brian Turner was at the head of a convoy of 3,500 US soldiers as they entered the Iraqi desert. Now, still stalked by conflict, he retraces his war experience and meditates on the echoes between his story and those of generations of soldiers marching to battle before him. Spanning pre-deployment to combat zone, World War I to Vietnam, boredom to bloodlust, roadside bombs to open mic nights, My Life as a Foreign Country asks what it means to be a soldier and a human being. `The most haunting book I read this year' Irish Times `His shrapnel-like chapters come at you from all angles... Compulsive' Guardian `Turner is a soldier with the soul of a poet' Daily Telegraph `Wrathful, wry and incantatory' Erica Wagner, New Statesman `Beautiful, electrifying and full of pain' Washington Post

Outside the Wire American Soldiers' Voices from Afghanistan

Outside the Wire American Soldiers' Voices from Afghanistan

Author: Brian Turner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2014

A riveting collection of thirty-eight narratives by American soldiers serving in Afghanistan, Outside the Wire offers a powerful evocation of everyday life in a war zone. Christine Dumaine Leche - a writing instructor who left her home and family to teach at Bagram Air Base and a forward operating base near the volatile Afghan-Pakistani border - encouraged these deeply personal reflections, which demonstrate the power of writing to battle the most traumatic of experiences. The soldiers whose words fill this book often met for class with Leche under extreme circumstances and in challenging conditions, some having just returned from dangerous combat missions, others having spent the day in firefights, endured hours in the bitter cold of an open guard tower, or suffered a difficult phone conversation with a spouse back home. Some choose to record momentous events from childhood or civilian life - events that motivated them to join the military or that haunt them as adults. Others capture the immediacy of the battlefield and the emotional and psychological explosions that followed. These soldiers write through the senses and from the soul, grappling with the impact of moral complexity, fear, homesickness, boredom, and despair. We each, writes Leche, require witnesses to the narratives of our lives. Outside the Wire creates that opportunity for us as readers to bear witness to the men and women who carry the weight of war for us all.

Outside the Wire American Soldiers' Voices from Afghanistan

Outside the Wire American Soldiers' Voices from Afghanistan

Author: Brian Turner Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2013

A riveting collection of thirty-eight narratives by American soldiers serving in Afghanistan, Outside the Wire offers a powerful evocation of everyday life in a war zone. Christine Dumaine Leche-a writing instructor who left her home and family to teach at Bagram Air Base and a forward operating base near the volatile Afghan-Pakistani border-encouraged these deeply personal reflections, which demonstrate the power of writing to battle the most traumatic of experiences. The soldiers whose words fill this book often met for class with Leche under extreme circumstances and in challenging conditions, some having just returned from dangerous combat missions, others having spent the day in firefights, endured hours in the bitter cold of an open guard tower, or suffered a difficult phone conversation with a spouse back home. Some choose to record momentous events from childhood or civilian life-events that motivated them to join the military or that haunt them as adults. Others capture the immediacy of the battlefield and the emotional and psychological explosions that followed. These soldiers write through the senses and from the soul, grappling with the impact of moral complexity, fear, homesickness, boredom, and despair. We each, writes Leche, require witnesses to the narratives of our lives. Outside the Wire creates that opportunity for us as readers to bear witness to the men and women who carry the weight of war for us all.

Somebodies and Nobodies

Somebodies and Nobodies

Author: Brian Turner Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2012

Honest and insightful, this memoir is a revealing picture of our recent past, of sport and poetry, the spirit of New Zealand's south and its distinctive people.This is the story of a typical Dunedin childhood, surrounded by 'nobies' - an extended family of eccentric grandparents and uncles, cousins and neighbours - who made a huge impact on a young mind. It's also the story of a not-so-typical family that was fanatical about sport - cycling, hockey, cricket, golf, fishing - and went on to produce top-ranking sportsmen. It's also the story of the growth of one of New Zealand's most loved poets. It shows three boys who became somebodies, but no better nor worse than the nobodies who inspired them.This is Brain Turner's view of the world: the landscape and people he was surrounded by; the principles he was taught; his sporting achievements; the early development of his brothers; his time moving between jobs as distinct as rabbiting in Central Otago and working in Customs; and his entry into the world of books.

Into the Wider World

Into the Wider World

Author: Brian Turner Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2011

Engaging writing from one of New Zealand's finest poets and essayists.Brian Turner is one of New Zealand's best known and best-loved poets and also one of its most determined conservationists. In this beautifully illustrated anthology, with photos by Grahame Sydney and Gilbert Van Reenan, he brings together both old and new essays, columns, articles and poetry that concentrate on the wild places and outdoor pursuits he loves and of which he is such an unabashed, articulate and passionate champion.

Inside Outside

Inside Outside

Author: Brian Turner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2011

Comprising a substantial new collection by an award-winning poet, this anthology ranges from love poems and elegies to satire, protest, and metaphysical speculation. The book concludes with a highly original piece, presenting a raw and risky sequence written in the wake of major surgery. The entire selection contends that everything ultimately plays a part in defining the contours of love, loss, and longing that form the map of the human heart. Featuring many compositions that reflect the natural setting of the author's home in Central Otago, New Zealand, this compilation boldly travels beyond mere poems of landscape, resulting in a strong representation of one of the country's foremost creative voices.

Just This

Just This

Author: Brian Turner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2009

The poet's ongoing love affair with his Central Otago home lies at the heart of this rich and compelling new collection that explores the politics of relationships and relationships themselves. Through a combination of people and place that gives the poems color and humor, the volume also examines friendship, politics, death, and the machinations of the modern business world. The mountains and lakes of the central South Island have a strong presence in the imagery, while wry observations of people in that landscape move the collection far beyond the confines of simple landscape poetry.

Here, Bullet

Here, Bullet

Author: Brian Turner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/2007

This is a harrowing, first-hand account of the Iraq War by a soldier-poet. Iraq war veteran Brian Turner's testament offers unflinchingly accurate description but no moral judgement, leaving the reader to draw any conclusions.

Community Politics and Peasant-State Relations in Paraguay

Community Politics and Peasant-State Relations in Paraguay

Author: Brian Turner Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/1993

This work studies the political behavior of peasants in four Paraguayan communities that were selected to measure the influence of two variables on political behavioroeconomic location and the history of elite-peasant relationships. The author discusses the impact of both capitalist development and local history on community political responses. He addresses their efforts to obtain and secure access to land, agricultural policies, defense and abuse, and respect for the peasant ideal of social relationships. Turner concludes that local history is the strongest determining variable in discerning which communities are more likely to achieve relative political efficacy.

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