The Poetry Society and Faber Members present a rare opportunity to hear the acclaimed American poet Nick Flynn reading his work. Appearing alongside Vahni Capildeo, winner of the 2016 Forward Prize for Best Collection, and Faber New Poet Rachael Allen, this is sure to be a mesmerising and unmissable evening of poetry.
‘I read Nick Flynn’s poetry to feel alive.’ – Marie Howe
About the poets
The US poet, playwright and memoirist Nick Flynn has worked as an electrician, ship’s captain and social worker; it was in the latter role that he reconnected with his estranged, alcoholic father Jonathan, who was living at the homeless shelter where Flynn worked. He is a celebrated and moving writer about his own life, describing this experience as well as his mother’s suicide in the award-winning Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, later made into the film Being Flynn. Flynn has also explored his mother’s death in his poetry, as well as such diverse topics as the life of a blind beekeeper in the eighteenth century, addiction, film and power. He scrutinises his emotions in powerful and surprising ways; indeed, his latest poetry collection is titled My Feelings.
His admirers include Carolyn Forché (“Read and be filled with awe, sorrow and gratitude for this poet’s gifts and spiritual courage”) and Mark Doty (“In lyrics of ringing clarity and strange precision, Flynn conjures a will to survive, the buoyant motion towards love which is sometimes all that saves us”).
Vahni Capildeo is an acclaimed British Trinidadian writer. Her books include No Traveller Returns (2003), Person Animal Figure (2005), Undraining Sea (2009) (shortlisted for the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award), All Your Houses (2010) (a limited-edition artist’s book with photometry by Andre Bagoo), Dark & Unaccustomed Words (2012) (longlisted for the 2013 OCM Bocas Poetry Prize), Utter (2013), Simple Complex Shapes (2015), and Measures of Expatriation (2016), which won the 2016 Forward Prize for Best Collection.
Rachael Allen is the poetry editor for Granta, co-editor at the poetry press Clinic and of online journal Tender. She is the author of Faber New Poets 9 and Jolene, a collaborative book of poems and photographs with the artist Guy Gormley. Other poems have appeared in numerous journals and she is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Hull.