Butte College is sponsoring Nick Flynn, renowned poet and memoirist for a public reading from his acclaimed memoirs, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and The Ticking is the Bomb, for a public reading on Monday, October 1 at CSU, Chico Ayers Hall, Room 106, 7:30 p.m. and for students at Butte College on Tuesday, October 2. Flynn will teach a master class on at the Butte College Chico Center, 2321 Forest Avenue, in Room 107 at 12:30 p.m.
A professor in the creative writing department at the University of Houston, Flynn’s first memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, is at its core the story of the author’s relationship with his father – a drunk, con man, with a federal criminal record. This book was called a “potent, distinctive autobiography” and his talent “considerable” by the New York Times Book Review. The book also won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France’s Prix Femina, and has been translated into 14 languages.
The Ticking Bomb was heralded as a “charged, lyrical memoir that weaves the author’s life with an inquiry in to our post 9/11 world,” by the Los Angeles Times.
He is also the author of a play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins (2008), as well as two other books of poetry, Some Ether (2000), and Blind Huber (2002), for which he received fellowships from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress.
Flynn’s poems, essays and non-fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, National Public Radio’s This American Life, and The New York Times Book Review.
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 2006), as well as executive producer and artistic collaborator on Being Flynn, the film version of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, released in March by Focus Features. Students Free with ID. A $3 donation is recommended for community members attending the public reading on October 1..