The Department of English & Creative Writing invites poet, author and filmmaker Nick Flynn to read for the Cleopatra Mathis Poetry & Prose series, Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018.
Nick Flynn has worked as a ship's captain, an electrician, and as a case worker with homeless adults. His most recent book is My Feelings (Graywolf, 2015), a collection of poems. Other titles include his memoirs, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (Norton, 2005), The Ticking is the Bomb (Norton, 2010), and The Reenactments (Norton, 2013), his poetry collections The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands (Graywolf, 2011), Blind Huber (Graywolf, 2002), and Some Ether (Macmillan, 2000), and one play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2008). He has received fellowships and awards from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation, PEN, and The Library of Congress. Some of the venues his poems, essays and nonfiction have appeared in include The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and NPR's This American Life. He is currently a professor on the creative writing faculty at the University of Houston, where he is in residence each spring. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. His film credits include artistic collaborator and "field poet" on the film Darwin's Nightmare (nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 20060, as well as executive producer and artistic collaborator on Being Flynn, the film version of his memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2012, Focus Features).
This event is free and open to public. Light refreshments will be provided.
This event is sponsored by the Department of English & Creative Writing, Dartmouth College.
A daring and intimate new book by the poet and memoirist Nick Flynn, "a champion of contemporary American poetry" (Newpages)
Nick Flynn met his father when he was working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston. As a teenager he'd received letters from this stranger father, a self-proclaimed poet and con man doing time in federal prison for bank robbery.
Winner of a "Discovery"/The Nation Award
Winner of the 1999 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry
For Nick Flynn, that game we all play the who-would-play-you-in-the-movie-of-your-life game has been resolved.
In 2007, during the months before Nick Flynn's daughter's birth, his growing outrage and obsession with torture, exacerbated by the Abu Ghraib photographs, led him to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in those photos.