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 UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.