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Postponed — Nick Flynn Presents Stay: threads, conversations, collaborations



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Thursday, 7:00 pm April 2, 2020

This event has been postponed. We will update this page and contact ticket holders when new information is available. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email us at

Join us for a multi-modal presentation of Nick Flynn’s Stay. Ranging from the impact of suicide and homelessness to addiction, political engagement, and the vital power of artistic friendships, Stay is a mixed-media retrospective that shows nothing is created in isolation.

This event is part of our Crossing Genre series: Chord progression becomes the first chapter. An abstract painting transforms into a ballet. The most innovative stories have unexpected origins. In this fascinating interdisciplinary series, musical composers, writers, and visual artists reveal the inspirations behind their work. 

Nick Flynn by Ryan McGinley


  • Nick Flynn by Ryan McGinley

    Nick Flynn

    Photo Credit: Ryan McGinley

    Nick Flynn

    Photo Credit: Ryan McGinley

    I think of [Stay] as an artist’s notebook, a prayer book, a monumental compendium of what it means to stay alive. —Mary Ruefle

    Nick Flynn has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and a caseworker for homeless adults. Some of the venues his poems, essays, and nonfiction have appeared in include the New Yorker, the Nation, the Paris Review, the New York Times Book Review, and NPR’s This American Life. His writing has won awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, PEN, and the Fine Arts Work Center, among other organizations. His film credits include artistic collaborator and “field poet” on 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 his memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. His most recent collection of poetry, I Will Destroy You, appeared from Graywolf Press in 2019. He is part of the creative writing faculty at the University of Houston, where each spring he teaches workshops in poetry, creative nonfiction, and interdisciplinary art. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Lili Taylor, and his daughter, Maeve. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.