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The 22nd Annual ASU Writers Conference in Honor
of Elmer Kelton

February 22-23, 2018

Featured writer: Brian Turner

Brian TurnerBrian Turner

Brian Turner is a poet and memoirist who served seven years in the US Army. He is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet, which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA “Best in the West” award, the 2007 Poets Prize, and others. His memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, made Powell’s Best Nonfiction of 2014 list.

Turner served seven years in the US Army, including one year as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Prior to that, he was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division.

Turner’s work has been published in Harper’s Magazine, National Geographic, The New York Times, Poetry Daily, Shortlist (UK), and other journals, as well as in the Voices in Wartime Anthology published in conjunction with the feature-length documentary film of the same name. Turner was also featured in the Academy Award-nominated film Operation Homecoming, a unique documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American service members through their own words. He earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and has lived abroad in South Korea. In 2009, Turner was selected as one of fifty United States Artists Fellows best online casino bonuses. He traveled extensively with an Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, and to Japan in 2012 with a US-Japan Friendship Commission Fellowship. Turner is the recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim and his poems have been published and translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Swedish, and more.

For more information about Brian Turner, see his author’s page at Blue Flower Arts.

22nd Annual Writers Conference in honor of elmer kelton

The 22nd annual ASU Writers Conference featuring Brian Turner will bring together old friends and new for a celebration highlighting the achievements of San Angelo’s own Elmer Kelton.

All sessions will take place in the University Auditorium, Mayer Administration Building, on the Angelo State University campus.

The conference is free and open to the public.

For more information contact
Chris Ellery at 
or by phone at 325-486-6142.


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Featured Writers

  • 2017 Anne Hillerman
  • 2016 Craig Johnson
  • 2015 Dan Chaon
  • 2014 Juan Felipe Herrera
  • 2013 Christina Garcia
  • 2012 Leslie Marmon Silko
  • 2011 Art Spiegelman
  • 2010 Mary Karr    
  • 2009 Terrance Hayes
  • 2008 Luis Valdez
  • 2007 Tobias Wolff
  • 2006 Tim O’Brien
  • 2005 Gordon Weaver
  • 2004 Peter Hedges
  • 2003 Naomi Shihab Nye
  • 2002 Stephen Harrigan
  • 2001 Reginald McKnight
  • 2000 Denise Chavez
  • 1999 W.P. Kinsella
  • 1998 Rudolfo Anaya
  • 1997 Elmer Kelton