Authors to share writings, memoirs at Literary Southwest

It's time for another entry into the Literary Southwest series at Yavapai College, 1100 E. Sheldon St. At 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, literary couple Brian Turner and Ilyse Kusnetz will be in the college library's Susan N. Webb Community Room, Bldg. 19, Room 147. An audience Q&A session and book signing will follow the reading, which is free and open to all.

Turner served seven years in the U.S. Army. His service included one year as an infantry team leader in Iraq and deployment in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division, according to a release from Series Director Jim Natal.

"He is the author of a recent memoir, 'My Life as a Foreign County' and the poetry collection, 'Phantom Noise,'" the release stated. "His powerful first poetry book, 'Here, Bullet,' inspired by his experiences in Iraq, won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, The New York Times' 'Editor's Choice' selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA 'Best in the West' award, and the 2007 Poets Prize, among others."

Kusnetz is a poet and journalist who has authored two collections of poetry. Her works are titled "Small Hours," which won the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize from Truman State University Press and "The Gravity of Falling."

For more information, visit www.yc.edu/hassayampa or call Natal through the college at 928-776-2035.

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