Iraq War Veteran shares poems and stories with COC students

by Oscar Rogel, Staff Writer 677 views0

Award-winning poet and Iraq War Veteran Brian Turner visited College of the Canyons to share some poems and stories with students and teachers at Hasley Hall Theater.

Turner spent seven years in the Army with multiple deployments including one year as infantry team leader in Iraq.

He is the author of “Here, Bullet” and “Phantom Noise” which features many personal stories and poems from his experiences throughout his military career.

“I’ve read at many colleges, local reading groups, bookstores, festivals, and even overseas,” said Turner. “I’ve been fortunate to share many of my poems to many people and hope that they resonate with them through my experiences.”

Turner is also a professor and the director of M.F.A. in creative writing for Sierra Nevada College hoping to pass on and teach the upcoming future writers and poets.

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Oscar Rogel, Staff Writer

Born and raised in city of Santa Clarita, Oscar Rogel is a full time student at College Of The Canyons, and has a full time job. Oscar is on his way to being the first in his family to earn his AA degree. He is currently enrolled in the MEA 225 class to continue to improve his skills in all areas to one day work for a Television News or Radio Station. Oscar has some nice experience when it comes to being in front of crowd or being asked to get a job done. From 2004 to 2010 Oscar served in United States Marines Corps where he was a Motarman for his Marine reserve unit and in 2009 deployed overseas to Iraq. In between that time frame Oscar also continued to take classes at C.O.C. and discovering a passion for music learning how to play guitar and bass and being part of a few bands along the way playing a couple of live shows. He has had experience with doing some work with SCVTV and interning at KHTS radio. In the end Oscar Rogel brings discipline, patience, a hard work ethic, and a eagerness to learn more to improve his skills.

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