Brian Turner was born in Visalia, California on February 12, 1967. He received an MFA from the University of Oregon before serving for seven years in the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000, then in November 2003, he was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq. His first book, Here, Bullet, chronicles his time in Iraq. His other books include Phantom Noise and My Life as a Foreign Country.