Nick Flynn


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in Scituate, Massachusetts, The United States
January 01, 1960

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Nick Flynn is an American poet, memoirist, and playwright.

His most famous book is a memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. He has published two collections of poetry: Blind Huber, and Some Ether, which won the inaugural PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Further honors include a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2001 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and the 1999 Discovery/The Nation Award for his poem, Bag of Mice, about his mother's suicide.

Flynn earned an Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from New York University and teaches part-time at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. He used to teach at Columbia University, where he was a poet and educator. He lives in
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Some Ether

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The Reenactments

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My Feelings: Poems

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Being Flynn

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“Here's a secret: Everyone, if they live long enough, will lose their way at some point. You will lose your way, you will wake up one morning and find yourself lost. This is a hard, simple truth. If it hasn't happened to you yet, consider yourself lucky. When it does, when one day you look around and nothing is recognizable, when you find yourself alone in a dark wood having lost the way, you may find it easier to blame it on someone else -- an errant lover, a missing father, a bad childhood -- or it may be easier to blame the map you were given -- folded too many times, out-of-date, tiny print -- but mostly, if you are honest, you will only be able to blame yourself.

One day I'll tell my daughter a story about a dark time, the dark days before she was born, and how her coming was a ray of light. We got lost for a while, the story will begin, but then we found our way.”
Nick Flynn, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009

“Who doesn't want to just disappear, at some point in the day, in a year, to just step off the map and float?”
Nick Flynn, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

“There are many ways to drown, only the most obvious wave their arms as they're going under.”
Nick Flynn, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

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