Published on February 11, 2015 by Sean Flynt  

Samford University’s English department will host Iraq War veteran and poet Brian Turner Feb. 23 as part of the BACHE Visiting Writers' Series.

Turner’s first collection of poetry–Here, Bullet–put him on the map as a literary voice of the Iraq War. Most recently, he published the memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country.

Turner will speak at 7 p.m. in Samford’s Brock Forum (Dwight Beeson Hall). The event is free and open to the public.

BACHE -- the Birmingham Area Consortium on Higher Education -- sponsors the annual visiting writers' series. Member schools include Samford, Birmingham-Southern College, Miles College, the University of Montevallo and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.