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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Trying to express the inexpressible


“Our job as writers, as far as I can tell, is to attempt to express what seems inexpressible.” – Nick Flynn

Writer, playwright and poet, Nick Flynn is best known for his trilogy of memoirs about his relationships, especially with his parents, and – with his most recent work The Reenactments – the making of a successful movie, Being Flynn, based on his multi-award winning first memoir.

Born on this date in 1960, Flynn also has authored 3 volumes of poetry for which he’s won a number of major prizes. 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. 
 
A native of the Boston area, he spent considerable time in New York City before relocating to Houston, TX, where he teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.

“Certain stories we carry with us,” Flynn said.  “Events in our life, they define who we are. It's not a matter of getting over anything; we have to make the best of it.”
“You come to realize people are not simple.”                             


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