I live in Vancouver, but I grew up in a small town called Chase, which figures largely in my first book of poetry Into the Fold. I did my graduate work at the University of Calgary, a place that appears in my second book Careful. It’s also where, with a group of friends I met in creative writing classes, we started the literary magazine filling Station. I was Queensland’s inaugural poet-in-residence at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane, where I wrote my third book, Seven into Even. I was a poet-in-residence on the island of Tasmania where my latest book The Ends of the Earth came to light. I teach critical and creative writing at Emily Carr University of Art and Design on Granville Island where I help artists find the space to create their books.
University of Calgary• 1998
Specialization in contemporary poetry. Thesis “Into the Fold” published by ECW Press, 2000.
Univesity of Calgary • 1995
Thesis “Crossing the Line” won National Honours Essay Competition sponsored by Trent University, 1995.
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology• 1985
Inaugural Poet-in-Residence at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane July – October 2005. I performed readings, participated in panels, and conducted workshops all across Queensland.
Into the Foldcharts the body's landscape; it maps longing while exploring how the triple pull of the domestic, erotic, and geographic are enacted in a woman's life. Part narrative, part travel log, pure poetry, Turner's debut collection examines the poetics of the fold-the space between conflicting desires-and interrogates and reconstructs traces of memory from out of a shifting past. The compression of her language erupts with fleeting images of growing up in a trailer beside the railroad tracks, raising boys in minivans, and the way lips feel against the back of your neck. Startlingly honest, intense, and unnerving, Into the Fold drives and dislocates its readers, ultimately questioning everyone's place in the world.Book, Poetry
Careful careens around a series of domestic distractions and interruptions, where language is compressed and ripped up images accumulate across the local terrain. Turner's much anticipated second book is witty, sensual, and intense: it documents the synthetic ache of now, releasing a life on the edge of things.Book, Poetry
Seven Into Even reworks Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene in counterpoint to the seven deadly sins, and brings these vast references through a mesh of contemporary settings and issues in a series of poetic installations. The number seven works as an organizing principle: the book struggles with narrative and its constraints, questioning the development of characters as a poetic device, and reflecting on itself as it builds.Book, Poetry
The Ends of the Earth moves through technological disasters, environmental nightmares, and broken relationships to find love cast away at the end of days.Book, Poetry
This is a Text explores rural/urban/textual interfaces in a verdant North Vancouver forest; it is a collaborative project between myself and film maker Brian Johnson - produced by The Capilano Review. The film takes a liminal space as a departure point for considering the textuality of things. Is text the boundary between the constructed and natural worlds? Are there similar boundaries between the (social) media we engage with and the meanings we hope to convey?
Interesting courses I've taught: The Cultural Poetics of Emotions • Blogging, YouTube, and Confession • What Was the Hipster? • The New Nostalgia
Check out: The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them edited by Wayde Compton and Renée Sarojini Saklikar published by Anvil Press