Tuesday December 23, 2014 | Brian Turner Reading Jan 8 2015
Thursday, Jan 8 2015, Prim Library
Reception, 6 pm | Reading, 7 pm | Book Signing to follow
Free | Open to All
Acclaimed poet and memoirist Brian Turner will read from his latest book, My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir, on Thursday, January 8 in Prim Library. Turner, who enlisted in the U.S. Infantry after earning his MFA from the University of Oregon, served in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division and as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The book retraces his war experience — pre-deployment to combat zone, homecoming to aftermath – in an account which combines recollection with the imagination’s efforts to make reality comprehensible.
“Achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful”
Nick Flynn, author of The Reenactments and The Ticking Is the Bomb
“My Life as a Foreign Country is brilliant and beautiful. It surely ranks with the best war memoirs I’ve ever encountered – a humane, heartbreaking, and expertly crafted work of literature.”
Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried
“Turner’s eloquent rendering illuminates both the shared space and the painful divide between poet and soldier, mission and memory, war and peace.”
Roxana Robinson, Washington Post
Turner’s 2010 book of poetry, Phantom Noise, was short listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize in England. His first book of poetry – Here, Bullet (2005) – won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award. His poetry and essays have been published in The Georgia Review, Poetry Daily, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and National Geographic, and he was featured in the Academy Award nominated documentary Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience.
Turner is the Director of Sierra Nevada College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, an innovative low-residency program that brings students together with acclaimed faculty for eight-day residencies in January and August. A schedule of other public readings and events taking place during the Winter 2015 Residency, Jan. 3 through Jan. 10, is available HERE.
My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir is published in the U.S. and Canada by W.W. Norton & Company, and in the U.K. and Ireland by Jonathan Cape/Random House .