Nick Flynn

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Nick Flynn
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Born (1960-01-26) January 26, 1960 (age 55)
Scituate, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Author, poet/playwright
Nationality American
Notable works The Reenactments (2013), Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004), Some Ether (2000), Blind Huber (2002)
Notable awards PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, Guggenheim Fellowship, Witter Bynner Fellowship, PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry

Nick Flynn (born January 26, 1960) is an American writer, playwright, and poet. His most recent publication is The Reenactments,[1][2] which chronicles Flynn's experience during the making of Being Flynn, a film based on his acclaimed 2004 memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.[3][4] Flynn is also the author of three collections of poetry, including Some Ether, which won the inaugural PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry in 1999, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Early life[edit]

Nick Flynn was raised by his mother in Scituate, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston.[citation needed]

Since Nick was six months old, he had never met his father throughout his childhood and teenage years. [5] As a child, he was discouraged to follow a writing career because his father identified himself as a writer to his mother when they met. Nick claimed a reason she left him was for his “delusion of greatness and identifying it very directly with being an artist.” The stigma of being a writer stuck with Nick. He became an electrician after high school. [6] When he was 22 years old, his mother committed suicide, and Nick left home soon after. [7]


At 27, Flynn was unexpectedly reunited with his father at the Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter in Boston, when his then-homeless father showed up as a 'guest.' He examined his relationship with his father, as well as the suicide of his mother, in Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.[8] Flynn explored his decision to have a child in his second memoir,The Ticking Is The Bomb.[9] Following its publication, he wrote a book of poetry,The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands, which continued on similar themes.[10] The Reenactments is the final book in Flynn's trilogy of memoirs.[11]

Flynn's initial focus was on poetry, and he held a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, before moving to New York to pursue his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at New York University. He was a member of Columbia University's Writing Project, in which he served as an educator and consultant in New York public schools.[12] He currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Houston.[13]

Flynn's poems, essays, and non-fiction have been featured in The New Yorker, Paris Review, National Public Radio‍ '​s This American Life, and The New York Times Book Review, and have been translated into 14 languages.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In 2009 he married his long-time partner, actress Lili Taylor. Flynn and Taylor live in New York with their daughter.[15]




Poetry collections



  • A Note Slipped Under the Door: Teaching from Poems We Love (Stenhouse Publishers, 2000, co-authored with Shirley McPhillips)


  • Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins: A Play (Faber & Faber, 2008)




  1. ^ "The Reenactments at W.W. Norton". Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (January 18, 2013). "Nick Flynn, On the Set of His Life Story, LA Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Elliott, Stephen (September 19, 2004). "Father Limps Back into His Son's Life, San Francisco Chronicle". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Miliard, Mike. "The Prodigal Father, Boston Phoenix". Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Flynn, Nick (2004). Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 63. ISBN 978-0-393-32940-7. 
  6. ^ "'Being Flynn': When Dad Needs To Take Shelter". npr. npr. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Flynn, Nick (2004). Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. W. W. Norton & Co. pp. 152–187. ISBN 978-0-393-32940-7. 
  8. ^ "NPR's Fresh Air Interview With Nick Flynn". Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ Botton, Sari. "Conversations With Writers Braver Than Me, The Rumpus". Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ Monroy, Liza. "Turning Memoir into Fiction, Guernica". Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ Baker, Jeff (January 5, 2013). "Bookmarks, The Oregonian". Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Library of Congress Interview with Nick Flynn". Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ Parks, Louis B. "A Lesson in Self Discovery, Embracing Homosexuality, Houston Chronicle". Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Nick Flynn at Litquake". Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Love by the Book, New York Magazine". Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
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  17. ^ John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation > Fellows > Nick Flynn
  18. ^ PEN American Center > Poetry > Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry > Previous Winners
  19. ^ "Darwin's Nightmare at IMDB". Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Being Flynn Credits at Focus Features". Retrieved February 3, 2013. 

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