Part of our work as global literary citizens involves forming friendships and affinities with writers across the globe—even if (and oftentimes because) our nation as a whole often struggles to do the same. In this workshop, we’ll attend to what troubles and shines within us and around us by, in part, listening to voices from across the globe. We’ll experiment with lineation and elements of craft in conversation with poets and poetry in translation from contemporary poets living and working in the world today—from South Africa to India to Denmark to Iraq to Argentina (and more). We’ll augment this conversation and study with poetry magazines and journals from overseas. We’ll learn from writers who share in the oxygen of our time, and we’ll apply these ideas to the drafts and revisions of the poems we’re working on.
Brian Turner is the author of two collections of poetry: Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise. His memoir My Life as a Foreign Country was published in 2014. He’s the editor of The Kiss, and co-edited The Strangest of Theatres. Turner served in the US Army as an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq (2003-2004) and he deployed to Bosnia prior to that. His poetry and essays have been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, Harper’s, and other fine journals. Turner was featured in the documentary film Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, which was nominated for an Academy Award. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, and he’s received a USA Hillcrest Fellowship in Literature, an NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, a US-Japan Friendship Commission Fellowship, the Poets’ Prize, and a Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. Three collections of poetry are forthcoming from Alice James Books in 2023. He lives in Orlando, Florida, with the world’s sweetest golden retriever, Dene.