Poetry Days: Acclaimed Soldier-Poet Brian Turner at Boston College, April 12 & 13
CHESTNUT HILL, MA (3-28-11) – Acclaimed soldier-poet Brian Turner—whose debut book of poems, Here, Bullet won numerous awards—will appear at Boston College in April as part of the University’s Poetry Days. These events, held on BC’s Chestnut Hill Campus at 140 Commonwealth Avenue, are open to the public, free of charge.
On Tuesday, April 12, Turner will speak as part of the University’s Lowell Humanities Series, which hosts a number of appearances by renowned authors during the academic year. His presentation will be held in Higgins Hall, room 300 at 7:30 p.m. [More: www.bc.edu/lowellhs]
On Wednesday, April 13, Turner will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival. The annual festival features students selected by their professors from some 20 area colleges and universities—including Boston College—reading from their own poetry. A chapbook of their work will be available at the event, which will conclude with a reception. It will be held in the Murray Function Room of BC’s Yawkey Center at 7:30 p.m.
Brian Turner is a soldier-poet who served seven years in the US Army, including one year as an infantry team leader in Mosul, Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Before that, he was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division.
His debut book of poems, Here, Bullet, which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection in 2005. It also won the 2006 Pen Center USA "Best in the West" award and the 2007 Poets Prize. Alice James published Turner’s second book of poetry, Phantom Noise, in the spring of 2010. Recently selected one of 50 United States Artists Fellows for 2009, Turner is a contributor to “Home Fires,” a New York Times Opinionator blog that features the writing of men and women who have returned from wartime service in the United States military. He is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship and teaches at Sierra Nevada College.
Details (including speaker backgrounds, directions and parking information) on Boston College’s Lowell Humanities Series, which hosts a number of appearances by renowned authors—which are open to the public, free of charge—during the academic year, at www.bc.edu/lowellhs. The series is sponsored by the Lowell Institute, BC's Institute for the Liberal Arts and the Provost's Office.
For details on the 2011 Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival: /schools/cas/english/poetryfestival.html