Nick Flynn has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults. He is the author of twelve books, including the New York Times–bestselling memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. His most recent book is I Will Destroy You (Graywolf, 2019), a collection of poems. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Library of Congress, among other organizations. His work has won two PEN prizes, been a finalist for France’s Prix Femina, and has been translated into fifteen languages. Some of the venues of his poems, essays, and nonfiction have appeared in include the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and National Public Radio’s This American Life. Since 2004, he has spent each spring in residence at the University of Houston, where he is a professor on the creative writing faculty.
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