Noted author Nick Flynn to appear at San Jacinto College

03.25.2014 | By Rob Vanya

CAPTION: San Jacinto College will host a film based on noted author Nick Flynn’s memoirs on April 2, and Flynn will appear on campus on April 9. Submitted photo.


San Jacinto College will spotlight noted author, playwright, poet, and educator Nick Flynn with two events in April. Both events will be held at the North Campus, and are free and open to the public.

On April 2 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., the film “Being Flynn” will be shown in the Dr. Charles Grant Fine Arts Center auditorium. The film, released in 2012, stars Robert DeNiro, Julianne Moore, and Paul Dano. It is based on Flynn’s memoirs, and deals with difficulties he had connecting with his father, who was absent during his early life, as well as pain he experienced from losing his mother. Flynn will not attend the showing of the film on April 2, but he makes a cameo appearance in the film.

On April 9 from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Flynn will make a guest appearance in the Monument Room, located in the Slovacek Student Center. He will read excerpts from his memoirs and other writings. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session, and a book sale and signing.

Other noted published works by Flynn include “The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands” (poetry), “The Ticking is the Bomb” (a second memoir), and “The Reenactments” (a third memoir). His writings have earned numerous awards, including the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir.

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.

Flynn’s initial creative 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. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.

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