Nick Flynn on What Art Can and Cannot Reflect
In Conversation with Mitchell Kaplan on The Literary Life Podcast
On this episode, Nick Flynn talks with Mitchell about his latest book, Stay: Threads, Conversations, Collaborations, out now from ZE Books.
From the episode:
Nick Flynn: I just think that every poet should have a composer and every composer should have a poet. Every filmmaker should have a poet, and every dancer should have a poet. Every poet should have a dancer. I just think we should all have one, your main person to do stuff with. Then you can put all of it together at some point, like in this book. You can put it all together in one place.
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.