Poet Nick Flynn, author of Blind Huber and Some Ether, will be the featured poet at the annual Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Series being held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.
The event, which is being sponsored by the UPJ Writing Major, is free of charge and open to the public. A book signing will follow.
Mr. Flynn’s Some Ether won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and The Fine Arts Work Center. His critically acclaimed memoir won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, and has been translated into 10 languages. Some of the venues in which his poems, essays, and non-fiction have appeared include The New Yorker, the Paris Review, National Public Radio’s “This American Life,” and The New York Times Book Review. He worked as a “field poet” and as an artistic collaborator on the film “Darwin’s Nightmare,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006. One semester each year he teaches at the University of Houston, and spends the rest of the year elsewhere.
The Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Series began in 2004. Previous poets have included Mark Halliday, J. Allyn Rosser, Tom Lux, and Marilyn Chin.
Founded in 1927, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200. The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs. UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2007.