Soldier, poet at LTCC on Friday
October 16, 2008
Lake Tahoe Community College welcomes soldier and poet Brian Turner for a reading and conversation at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in the Duke Theater. Turner served in the Army for seven years, including two with the 10th Mountain Division in Boznia-Herzegovina and a year as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
“The day of the first moonwalk, my father’s college literature professor told his class, ‘Someday they’ll send a poet, and we’ll find out what it’s really like,’ ” Joel Brouwer wrote of Turner’s collection, “Here, Bullet,” in the New York Times Book Review. “Turner has sent back a dispatch from a place arguably more incomprehensible than the moon ” the war in Iraq ” and deserves our thanks.”
Turner’s poetry has appeared in Poetry Daily, the Georgia Review and other journals, as well as in the “Voices in Wartime” anthology that appeared in conjunction of the documentary film of the same name.