90.7 WMFE and 89.5 WMFV are Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming and Classical Music. Part of the community since 1965, providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Orlando Writer & Veteran Brian Turner Channels Pain Through Poetry & Music

Play Audio

Orlando-based writer Brian Turner draws on his experience in the US Army in his poetry.

His bestselling books: Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise, dealt with the traumatic experiences during and after war.

Turner gathered a group of musicians called The Interplanetary Acoustic Team to release the album 11 11 (Me Smiling) in July 2018. The album included lyrics by his late wife, the poet Ilyse Kusnetz, who died in 2016.

After Kusnetz’s death, Turner went through his late wife’s belongings and found the recordings that he later incorporated into the music. The album itself was inspired by one of Kusnet’z poems on robots and cybernetics.

11 11 (Me Smiling) was released on the anniversary of Kusnetz’s birthday.

“I realized that maybe this was an in-roads toward a project where her voice could be shared with many,” says.

Turner joins Intersection for a conversation about the project, along Ben Kramer who performs bass, keyboards and theremin and engineered the album.

This interview first aired on Intersection in July 2018


Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida news, updates on special programs and more.

Stay tuned in to our local news coverage: Listen to 90.7 WMFE on your FM or HD radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” and you’ll be connected.

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity