3 days / 30+ speakers
45+ lectures, seminars, and workshops
National Symposium for Classical Education

Phoenix Convention Center
March 23–25, 2022
Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas

Frederick Turner

Poet Frederick Turner’s science fiction epic poems led to his being a consultant for NASA.

Turner received Hungary’s highest literary honor for his translations of Hungarian poetry with the distinguished scholar and Holocaust survivor Zsuzsanna Ozsváth, won Poetry’s Levinson Prize, and has often been nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature. Born in England, raised in Africa by his anthropologist parents Victor and Edie Turner, educated at Oxford University in English Language and Literature, he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1977. He is a Shakespearean scholar, an environmental theorist, an authority on the philosophy of Time, poet laureate of traditional Karate, and author of over forty books, including:

  • Shakespeare and the Nature of Time  (criticism)
  • Natural Classicism: Essays on Literature and Science
  • Genesis  (an epic poem)
  • Rebirth of Value: Meditations on Beauty, Ecology, Religion and Education
  • Beauty: The Value of Values 
  • April Wind (poetry)
  • The Culture of Hope: A New Birth of the Classical Spirit
  • Shakespeare’s Twenty-first Century Economics: The Morality of Love and Money
  • Natural Religion
  • Epic: Form, Content, and History
  • Light Within the Shade: 800 Years of Hungarian Poetry, translated and edited with Zsuzsanna Ozsváth
  • Goethe’s Faust (translated and edited with Zsuzsanna Ozsváth)

In addition to being a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, Frederick has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Kenyon College, and the University of Exeter in England. A former editor of The Kenyon Review, he is a winner of the PEN Southwest Chapter Golden Pen Award and several other literary, artistic and academic honors, and has participated in literary and TV projects that have won a Benjamin Franklin Book Award and an Emmy.