Michael Turner (musician)

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Michael Turner (born 1962 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a musician, and writer of poetry, prose and opera librettos.

Turner's work is often an examination of the entrenched and the seemingly ordinary; he often explores in great detail objects and concepts which are usually valued as means to an end, rather than ends, in themselves, as he does in Company Town (1991) and Kingsway (1995). Turner often varies his style and employs rich multi-format and intertextual approaches in his works, such as American Whiskey Bar (1997), and The Pornographer's Poem (1999).

Turner's work was adapted to radio, stage, television and feature film, and he has been translated into French, Russian, and Korean. He won the Genie Award in 1996 for Music/Original Song, the 2000 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was also a finalist for the 1992 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.[1]

Turner collaborated with artist Stan Douglas on two experimental-video screenplays, titled Journey into Fear (Istanbul Biennial, 2001) and Suspiria (Documenta XI, 2002) and on a screenplay with filmmaker Bruce LaBruce, titled Untitled Von Gloeden Project, based on the life and work of photographer Wilhelm Von Gloeden. He was commissioned to write a libretto for the Modern Baroque Opera Company, based on Wilhelm Busch's Max & Moritz.

In the late 1980s, he was in a band called Hard Rock Miners.

In 1996, Bruce McDonald directed a film based on Hard Core Logo; he also directed a live telecast dramatizing Turner's novel American Whiskey Bar in 1998, which Citytv produced and aired. In 2005, a film based on The Pornographer's Poem was announced.

Turner lives in Vancouver, writes art essays and edits Advance Editions, a literary/visual art imprint he founded with Arsenal Pulp Press in 1998. He recently began writing a new book.


Poetry and fiction[edit]

  • Company Town (Arsenal Pulp, 1991)
  • Hard Core Logo (Arsenal Pulp, 1993)
  • Kingsway (Arsenal Pulp, 1995)
  • American Whiskey Bar (Arsenal Pulp, 1997)
  • The Pornographer's Poem (Doubleday Canada, 1999)
  • 8x10 (Doubleday Canada, 2009)

Anthologies (featured in)[edit]

  • Lost Classics (Knopf Canada, 2000)
  • Story of a Nation (Doubleday Canada, 2001)
  • The Notebooks (AnchorCanada, 2002)
  • A Verse Map of Vancouver (Anvil Press, 2009)


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