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Poet Brian Turner, from the New York Times’ “editor’s choice” selection, will read a selection of his poems and talk about his work at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Tennessee Tech University.

A writing workshop that is free and open to the public will be at 6 p.m. also in Derryberry Auditorium.

Turner is author of two volumes of poetry, “Here, Bullet” and “Phantom Noise.” He has won several awards and fellowships, including the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

“I decided to invite Brian Turner to Tech when several American literature students described his poems as more vivid and moving than any war movies they’d ever seen,” said TTU English instructor Andrew Smith, who asked Turner to campus.

“As war is unfortunately a deeply ubiquitous American theme and reality, Brian Turner’s poems convey war’s drama and details both accurately and tragically.”

Turner is a professor at Sierra Nevada College. He served seven years in the U.S. Army including one year in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. He also served with the 10th Mountain Division in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000.

“Brian Turner’s poems possess a haunting and religious quality about a disturbing topic – all signs that they are great contemporary American literature,” Smith said.

Sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage, the event is free and open to the public. It will be in TTU’s Derryberry Hall Auditorium, 1 William L. Jones Drive.

Center Stage is supported by TTU’s general education fund.