Webster University and the Missouri Humanities Council will present poetry readings by Brian Turner and Missouri veterans on Friday, April 13, as part of the Saint Louis Humanities Festival. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the East Academic Building (545 Garden Avenue), Room 253, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Introductions will be by David Clewell, Webster University English Professor and Missouri’s current poet laureate.
Soldier-poet Brian Turner is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise (2010) and Here, Bullet ((2005), which was honored with the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, and the 2007 Poets Prize, among others. Turner’s poems have been published in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and other anthologies.
Turner earned an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon and lived abroad in South Korea for a year before serving for seven years in the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division. Beginning in November 2003, he was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq. Turner currently teaches English at Sierra Nevada College.
Other events in this year’s humanities festival are
- Gloryland: Literature and Interpretive History as Tools for Social Change, a talk by Shelton Johnson, novelist and park interpreter at Yosemite National Park, 10-11:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, Century Room, 3rd floor, Millennium Student Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1 University Boulevard
- Battle for Brooklyn, a documentary by acclaimed filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 100 Brown Hall, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive
Members of the Saint Louis Humanities Festival consortium are Cinema St. Louis, Missouri Humanities Council, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, and Webster University.
For more information, contact Barbara Carrow.