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Nick Flynn’s most recent book, The Reenactments, which Kirkus calls “a truly insightful, original work,” completes a trilogy begun with AnotherBullshit Night in Suck City (2004). His previous book, The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands (2011), is a collection of poems linked to the second book of the trilogy, The Ticking is the Bomb (2010), which the Los Angeles Times called a “disquieting masterpiece.” Another Bullshit Night in Suck City won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France’s Prix Femina, and has been translated into fifteen languages. 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. Some of the venues his poems, essays and non-fiction have appeared in include The New Yorker, the 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 (2012, Focus Features, directed by Paul Weitz, starring Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore, and Lili Taylor). A professor in the creative writing program at the University of Houston, where he teaches each spring, he then spends the rest of the year in (or near) Brooklyn.


  • M.A., New York University
  • B.A., University of Massachusets

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Selected Publications

Books: Poetry

  • Some Ether (Graywolf Press, 2000)
  • Blind Huber (Graywolf Press, 2002)
  • The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands (Graywolf Press, 2010)
  • My Feelings (Graywolf Press, forthcoming 2015)

Books: Memoir

  • Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (Norton, 2004)
  • The Ticking is the Bomb (Norton, 2010)
  • The Reenactments (Norton, 2013)

Books: Play

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


  • Being Flynn (Focus Features 2012)

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