Flynn was born and grew up in Scituate, Massachusetts, south of Boston. His parents divorced when he was young, and his mother committed suicide when he was 22. He drifted through several jobs before starting work at a homeless shelter in Boston, where at age 27, he met his estranged, homeless father for the first time.
Flynn earned an Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from New York University. He 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. His long-time partner is actress Lili Taylor, with whom he shares a home in New York.
His most recent publication is a play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins. Previous books include a memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, and two collections of poetry: Blind Huber, and Some Ether
Flynn's memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City was turned into a 2012 movie, Being Flynn, directed by Paul Weitz and starring Robert De Niro.
- Some Ether won the inaugural PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
- 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship
- 2001 Witter Bynner Fellowship
- 2001 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship
- 1999 Discovery/The Nation Award for his poem, Bag of Mice, about his mother's suicide.
- 1999 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award
- 1999 Larry Levis Prize (Virginia Commonwealth University)
- Some Ether. Saint Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 2000.
- Blind Huber: Poems. Saint Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 2002.
- The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands: Poems. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2011.
- My Feelings: Poems. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2015.
- Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins: A play. New York: Faber, 2008.
- A Note Slipped Under the Door: Teaching from poems we love (with Shirley McPhillips). York, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 2000.
- Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A memoir. New York: Norton, 2004.
- The Ticking Is the Bomb: A memoir. New York: Norton, 2010.
- The Reenactments (biography). New York: Norton, 2013.
- ↑ IdentityTheory.com > March 22, 2005 > Author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City Converses with Robert Birnbaum
- ↑ Nick Flynn, Poets.org, Academy of American Poets. Web.
- ↑ Luaine Lee, Lili Taylor takes "indie" to a new level — TV, The Seattle Times, July 14, 2007. Web.
- ↑ Author Website > Bio
- ↑ Faber & Faber > Nick Flynn Author Page
- ↑ "Being Flynn", Wikipedia, July 15, 2015. Web, Sep. 25, 2015.
- ↑ John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation > Fellows > Nick Flynn
- ↑ Rose and Thorn > Book Review > Staff Pick by Cesar Garza: Some Ether
- ↑ Author's Booking Agency: Blue Flower Arts > Nick Flynn Biography
- ↑ PEN American Center > Poetry > Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry > Previous Winners
- ↑ Search results = au:Nick Flynn, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 25, 2015.
- "Cartoon Physics, Part 1" at Poetry 180
- Nick Flynn b. 1960 at the Poetry Foundation
- 'Some Ether
- Nick Flynn profile & 7 poems at the Academy of American Poets
- Nick Flynn at PoemHunter (9 poems)
- Audio / video
- Nick Flynn at YouTube
- Audio Interview: NPR > New Hampshire Public Radio > Word of Mouth > Nick Flynn at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival > By Virginia Prescott > Thursday, October 9, 2008
- Nick Flynn Official website.
- Profile: Union Times > University at Albany - NY State Writers Institute > Broken Homes Author Chronicles Surviving a Father's Tragic Legacy by Casey Seiler > September 19, 2004
- Author Page: Nick Flynn > Faber & Faber
- Author Page: Nick Flynn > W.W. Norton
- Author's Booking Agency: Blue Flower Arts > Nick Flynn Biography
- Interview with Anthem Magazine
- Interview: IdentityTheory.com > March 22, 2005 > Author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City Converses with Robert Birnbaum
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