Nick Flynn: The Intersection of Poetry & Memoir

Geordie Wood

Nick Flynn: The Intersection of Poetry & Memoir

Past Event: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

At Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

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Flynn has been a ship’s captain, an electrician, and a caseworker with homeless adults. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Witter Bynner Fellow Fellowship, and a PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, among various other awards and accolades.

Tickets for tonight’s reading will be available at the Box Office table at the top of the stairs to the Benaroya Recital Hall at 6pm with cash, check, or charge. Tickets for all seating levels will be available.

SAL thanks Kevin Craft, Editor of Poetry Northwest magazine, for being our guest host at the Flynn event.

Nick Flynn is a poet, playwright, and memoirist who was born and raised in Massachusetts. At the age of 27, while working at a homeless shelter in Boston, Flynn happened upon his estranged father, an alcoholic and frustrated poet. This reunion with his father later became the subject of his first memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004), which was adapted into a film entitled Being Flynn (2012),starring Robert DeNiro and Paul Dano. His second memoir, The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment (2010), details Flynn’s trip abroad with a lawyer who worked with ex-detainees of the Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq.

In addition to his works of nonfiction, Flynn is the author of three poetry collections: Some Ether: Poems (2000), Blind Huber: Poems (2002), and The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands(2011). The poems in Some Ether have been described as “at once reckless and demure, outrageous and delicate…” His book, The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands, blends his observations of the ex-detainees from his time overseas as well as Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! my Captain!” He is also the author of a play, entitled Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins, which was published in 2008. Some of the venues his poems, essays and nonfiction have appeared in include The New Yorker, the Paris Review, National Public Radio’sThis American Life, and The New York Times Book Review. His film credits include artistic collaborator and “field poet” on the film Darwin’s Nightmare (nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006).

Currently, Flynn teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston each spring. During the rest of the year, he resides in Brooklyn.

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. The Recital Hall is located on the upper level of Benaroya Hall, up the stairs to the left side of the Box Office. Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.


By Car

  • From Southbound I-5
    Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5
    Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.

By Public Transit (Bus & Light Rail)

Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).

Parking
The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.

Parking is also available at:

  • The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth Avenues).
  • The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second Avenues).
  • There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.

Accessibility

SAL is for everyone. We want all audience members to be able to experience our lectures and readings regardless of accessibility concerns. Accessibility services at our venues are provided at no cost to ticket holders. If you find you need to sit closer to the stage to accommodate your needs but find the cost of a Patron ticket prohibitive, then please contact us—we will seat you where you need to be, regardless of cost.

Open Captioning occurs at every event that takes place at Benaroya Hall. It is also always available upon request for all events in our other halls, with a two-week minimum notice. To make a request for Open Captioning services, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10.

Assisted Listening Devices, including Hearing Loop Assisted Listening Systems, are available at all of our venues, with the exception of Broadway Performance Hall. If you would like more information, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10.

ASL-Interpretated Events are always available upon request, with a two-week minimum notice. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10.

Wheelchair Accessible Ticketing is available in all sections at our venues, and and our venues are fully accessible to ticket holders with physical mobility concerns. If you would like more information, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10.

For any further questions or requests, or to offer Seattle Arts & Lectures feedback on how we can be more accessible and inclusive, please reach out to our Patron Services Manager at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10.