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Online Event: Nick Flynn Presents Stay with Guy Barash and Rachel Eliza Griffiths


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Friday, 7:30 pm EDT April 24, 2020

7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT

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. Nick will be joined by composer Guy Barash and Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

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  • Nick Flynn by Ryan McGinley

    Nick Flynn

    Nick Flynn

    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.

  • Guest Photo - Guy Barash by Dor Malka - Carla Cain-Walther

    Guy Barash

    Guy Barash

    Composer Guy Barash abandons the confines of genre, inventing a sound world that is uniquely his own. His series of compositions for solo instruments and real-time digital signal processing, Talkback, was hailed as being “at once divine, serene and haunting,” and has been performed internationally. His debut album, Facts About Water, which chronicles a five-year collaboration with Flynn, was released on Innova Recordings in 2014.

  • Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. She is a recipient of fellowships including Cave Canem, Kimbilio, Yaddo, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Her visual and literary work has appeared widely, including the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Tin House, and many others. Griffiths’ forthcoming poetry and photography hybrid book, Seeing the Body (W.W. Norton), will be published in June.