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Joanne McCann 10-29-2008 03:56 PM

Writers@Drew Reading Series presents on 10/30...

Soldier-Poets: from Vietnam to Iraq

Yusef Komunyakaa & Brian Turner
Thursday, October 30th, 6:00 pm

LCó28 (Library Building)

Yusef Komunyakaa received the Bronze Star for his military service in Vietnam, where he was a correspondent for the Southern Cross newspaper. He is one of the most celebrated poets in America, and author of twelve books of poems, including the newly-released Warhorses, Thieves of Paradise, and Neon Vernacular, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Komunyakaa is currently Professor and Distinguished Senior poet at New York University.
Brian Turner served as a U. S. Army infantry team leader in Iraq for one year, beginning in November 2003, with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Prior to that, he was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000. He is the author of Here, Bullet, a book of poems about his time in Iraq, which received the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, and was a New York Times "Editor's Choice" Selection. He teaches English at Fresno City College.

Sponsored by the English Department and Offices of the President, Provost and Dean, Center for Holocaust/Genocide Studies, Hillel and Pan-African Studies.

The reading will include a Q & A with the authors, followed by book-signing and light refreshments in the Library Lobby

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