Tuesday September 30, 2014 |
MFA in Creative Writing Program Director Brian Turner’s memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, has been chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, which will place the book in featured displays in stores nationwide. You’ll also be able to pick up a copy in airport bookstores around the country. The book was discussed in The New Yorker (and in a New Yorker audio download), excerpted in the August issue of Harper’s Magazine, and reviewed at the Washington Post and NPR.
Turner’s book has already been attracting international attention. The book was released in the United Kingdom in June and received great reviews there from The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Independent, and The Telegraph, among others. In conjunction with the SNC MFA Residency in Ireland this summer, Turner gave two BBC interviews, and read his work across the UK at the Edinburgh Book Festival in Scotland; the University of Liverpool’s Festival of Ideas; in Enniskillen, Ireland; and at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Wales.
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 has published two collections of poetry, Here, Bullet (2005) and Phantom Noise (2010); the later was short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize in England. Learn more at his website or listen to him talk about My Life as a Foreign Country on NPR. Get your own copy at a local book seller or at Amazon.com.