Award-winning Poet/Iraq War Vet Brian Turner Coming to Scranton

A few days ago, I announced that Patricia Smith is coming to Keystone College on April 3 at 7 p.m, and now I’m happy to announce that another big name poet is coming to the area- Brian Turner, an award-winning poet and Iraq war vet. He is going to read at the University of Scranton on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. as part of the university’s annual This is Justice Event. Turner will read in the Moskovitz Theater, located in the DeNaples Center.

Turner’s debut collection of poems, Here, Bullet, details his experience fighting in Iraq, and it also covers the war from the point of view of Iraqi civilians. He is also the author of the collection Phantom Noise, published in 2010.

The event is free and open to the public. You can find several audio/print interviews and some samples of his work on his website. I’ve never seen Turner read, though I have read his first book. I look forward to this event and getting a chance to hear some poems from his second book, which focuses on what happens when the soldiers return home and how they carry war with them.