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Brian Turner and Dunya Mikhail


"Iraq, Culture and Conflict:  A Dialogue"

7:30 p.m. | Wed., Feb. 18,. 2015

Margaret E. Petree Recital Hall

N.W. 25th St. and Blackwelder Avenue

Shrouded by history, politics, and all that follows in the wake of conflict are human hearts and souls.  After more than a decade of war articulated mostly through political rhetoric and journalistic dispatch.  American soldier-poet/memoirist Brian Turner and Iraqi poet/ memoirist Dunya Mikhail give voice to the human experience.  As we move ahead, looking back to the ruins of war, America and Iraq come face to face in Turner and Mikhail's joint reading and dialogue. 

Brian Turner, prize-winning author of the poem "The Hurt Locker," has published two books of poetry: "Phantom Noise" and "Here, Bullet."  His 2014 memoir, "My Life as a Foreign Country," paints a portrait of what it means to be a soldier and a human being.

Dunya Mikhail was forced to flee Iraq in the wake of the first Gulf War, when her writing attracted the attention of Saddam Hussein's government.  She has published two books of poetry:  "The Iraqi Nights" and "The War Works Hard."  Her memoir, "Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea," won the 2010 Arab American Book Award.

Free and open to the public.A book signing will be held following the conversation with books available to purchase. 

Seating is limited.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

For more information, call (405) 208-4956

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