Winter With the Writers

Brian Turner

Brian Turner is a poet and memoirist who served seven years in the US Army. His recent memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, has been called, “achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful.”

Event Details
Brian Turner: Reading with The Interplanetary Acoustic Team

Event Details

Master Class: February 14, 4 p.m., SunTrust Auditorium.

Reading with The Interplanetary Acoustic Team: February 14, 7:30 p.m., Bush Auditorium.

Speaker Bio

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BRIAN TURNER is a poet and memoirist who served seven years in the US Army. He is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet, which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA “Best in the West” award, the 2007 Poets Prize, and others. In addition to his poetry, he is the editor of the anthology The Kiss (2018), a diverse anthology of essays, stories, poems, and graphic memoirs. Turner’s work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, Poetry Daily, Harper’s Magazine, and other fine journals. Turner has been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and more. His recent memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, has been called, “achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful.”

Brian Turner's Reading will be with The Interplanetary Acoustic Team, led by singer/songwriter Brian Turner, featuring the lyrics and vocals of Turner's late wife, poet Ilyse Kusnetz. Their debut album is a fusion of electro-acoustic grooves.  (The Interplanetary acoustic Team features the lyrics and vocals of Turner's late wife, poet Ilyse Kusnetz. Their debut album fuses electro-acoustic grooves with a profound exploration of cybernetics, the uploading of human consciousness, robots, the cosmos, and more. Rick Moody calls it a "fascinating work...combing funk, soul, rock and roll, and the futurism that one associates with Germany and Detroit, to make a moving and powerful album.