Frederick Turner, Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas

Frederick Turner (born 1943 Northamptonshire, England) is an American poet and academic. He is the author of two science fiction poems, The New World and Genesis, several books of poetry, and a number of other works.


Turner was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004, 2006 and 2007.[1][non-primary source needed] As a poet he uses the longer genres, the narrative, science fiction, and strict metrical forms. He is a winner of the Milan Fust Prize (shared with Zsuzsanna Ozsváth) and the Levinson Poetry Prize (awarded by Poetry),[2][non-primary source needed]

Personal life

Frederick Turner was born in Northamptonshire, England, in 1943. His parents were the anthropologists Victor W. and Edith L. B. Turner. Frederick Turner was educated at the University of Oxford (1962–67), where he obtained the degrees of B.A., M.A., and B.Litt. in English Language and Literature. He was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1977. His brother is Robert Turner.

Frederick Turner has worked as Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, having held academic positions at the University of California at Santa Barbara (assistant professor 1967-72), Kenyon College (associate professor 1972-85), and the University of Exeter in England (visiting professor 1984-85). From 1978-82 he was editor of The Kenyon Review.

He has been married since 1966 to Mei Lin Turner and has two sons.


  1. Turner, Frederick (July 21, 2007). Biography: Work in criticism. Retrieved on April 17, 2012.

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