Brian Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and lived in South Korea for a year before joining the U. S. Army. He served in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division, and he was an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. His first collection of poetry, Here, Bullet (2005), won the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Pen Center USA Best in the West Award and the 2007 Poets’ Prize and was a New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection. He has also won a Lannan Literary Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry and the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, among others.
Turner’s latest collection, Phantom Noise (2010), was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize. He now travels the world for readings and has made appearances on National Public Radio, the BBC, RTÉ in Ireland, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.