Being Flynn is a beautifully haunting ye

Being Flynn is a beautifully haunting yet captivating film that tells the story of lives falling apart and coming together. It displays the relationship between a man and his father, and how they really don’t have a relationship at all. Like a wire that has been coiled around and around for so long, then suddenly, slowly unravels. On the screen in front of our eyes is the unwinding story of Nick Flynn, one of the guest writers that will be visiting campus during the Writer’s Festival.
In 2004, Nick Flynn wrote Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, his memoir. The novel is emotionally challenging and alluring. Each section, or chapter if you will, is a poem in itself; each one so eloquently written, contrasting the devastation and heartache and threshold of numbing pain that consume the pages. Being Flynn would not be here without Nick Flynn’s memoir.
On March 2, 2012, Being Flynn hit the theaters. It was based off of Nick Flynn’s memoir. The basic story line is this: Nick Flynn works at a homeless shelter when he meets his father, a homeless man. Nick grew up knowing who his father was, at least taking his mother’s word for it. He is a drunk and a liar and a thief. But now Nick has to face him, but how? We see his perception of life crumble. Confusion, frustration, humiliation, and hurt paint his face as he tries to make sense of his past and become at peace with himself and those close to him. Paul Dano stars as Nick Flynn, Robert De Niro as his father, and Julianne Moore as his mother.
What must it be like to watch strangers, actors, play out the story of your life? Flynn answers all these questions following the film in another memoir called The Reenactments. He illustrates reaction and turbulent thought process through the filming of Being Flynn, a reenactment of his life.
Julianne Moore talks about why she was attracted to the idea of starring in the film. “[The book] was beautifully written and very unusual, and funny and entertaining, but really quite touching…it’s a beautiful piece of literature, it really is.”

–Written by Erin Pirkle

Poet and memoirist Nick Flynn has just f

Poet and memoirist Nick Flynn has just finished an engagement at the 10th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival which ran from January 20th-25th. Nick Flynn appeared along with Carolyn Forché, Linda Gregg, Thomas Lux, Campbell McGrath, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Mary Ruefle & Tim Seibles. This Festival had the opportunity to invite one more special guest: current Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway.

Nick Flynn will be coming to speak at Agnes Scott College in March for the 43rd Annual Agnes Scott College Writer’s Festival. But before he visits Decatur, GA, Flynn is touring in a few other states and sharing his work with a few other venues. Following the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Flynn will be at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado Feb. 19th to read and talk with Dani Shapiro (this is tentative). He will then be at Seattle, Washington for AWP Feb. 26th- March 1st, followed by a reading at UPENN March 5th. At the end of March (24th-30th) Flynn will hold a week long residency at Agnes Scott College, holding a workshop as well as giving a reading. Agnes Scott College is proud to welcome Nick Flynn as one of the visiting authors for the 43rd Annual Writer’s Festival.

We here at the Writers’ Festival want t

We here at the Writers’ Festival want to congratulate this year’s finalists!

In Fiction: Robby Nadler, Jessica Mejia, Halden Ingwersen, Casey Cox, Christopher Hayter
In Poetry: Robby Nadler, Sydney Bolding, Diamond Forde, Jacob Collum, William Walsh, Brian Heston, Jessica Melilli-Hand, Hank Backer, Rachelle Bowser
In Drama: Heather Poole, Stella Zhou
In Nonfiction: Robby Nadler, Sybil McLain-Topel, Vivian K. Phillips, Monica Prince, Karmen Cook

We also want to congratulate all of our entrants. Every piece read was beautiful and unique. Keep on writing!

As we come into the spring, we want to i

As we come into the spring, we want to introduce everyone to our final cast list for this year’s Writers’ Festival! With a new concept and design, this year we have four student artists contributing to the layout of the book. Here’s some sneak peeks:

Name: Sebastien
Occupation: Firefighter
Favorite Author: George Orwell
Description: A Romani immigrant in his mid-30s from Romania, he came to the States on asylum years ago. With his experience in witnessing and experiencing discrimination from a very young age, he has a knack for empathy. Despite his extroverted and mellow personality, he still experiences culture shock. He commits his life to being a rock for his friends and family, and although bothered by feelings of powerlessness when it comes to aiding family and friends still across the earth , he finds it cathartic to write fictional coming of age stories about characters growing up in multiple cultures where they still don’t quite belong.
Fun Fact: Is full to the brim with wisdom such as “Be alert, like the chicken.” His loved ones are still unsure about what that particular phrase means.

Introducing Ira Fletcher!
Ira recently graduated college and is in the process of looking for a job, but he is having trouble, and as a result he spends a great deal of his time at home with not much to do. To fill up his spare time, he writes, which is something that he has always enjoyed doing. He has a few friends who read his work and believe that he should try to get something published. Ira has always said that that’s just what he wants to do, but secretly he doubts that his writing is any good. To change this, he tries to challenge himself by writing about difficult memories, but he nearly always gives up before even finishing the first sentence. However, he is determined to keep trying, if only to prove to himself that he can.

Meet Ying, a 19 year old English major and studio art minor whose favorite pastime is creating limericks to amuse her friends. Her dream is to become a famous poet by writing and illustrating a classic collection of poetry for young adults, but for now she must be content with writing analyses of works by Jane Austin and working part time in her cousin’s cozy book shop. When she can’t concentrate in class or at work, she writes short poems on scraps of paper and leaves them for others to find and enjoy. Her favorite poets include Seamus Heaney and Anna Akhmatova (although it’s hard to pick just two from such a long list), and she has recently become interested in ci poetry.

Meet Valerie, a Theater Major in a graduate school program. She is a writer at heart, and focuses her effort in script and screen writing. One day, Valerie dreams of being the head writer for major motion pictures. But for now, she has to hustle between workshopping classes and rehearsals, since she is the star of her college’s current production, Shakespeare’s 12th Night. Valerie is currently acting in the role of Viola (alias Cesario), but when she isn’t working for class, working the rehearsal stage, or working her part time job at the local donut joint, she’s in her small apartment with her laptop. Writing away!

We can count down the days until the 43r

We can count down the days until the 43rd Annual Writer’s Festival at Agnes Scott College, as submissions are being reviewed and finalists will be contacted in January 2014. On Nick Flynn’s website ( his weeklong residency at Agnes Scott College is listed under his upcoming events. While the Writer’s Festival is from March 27th-28th 2014, each year Agnes Scott holds a Writer’s Festival Seminar taught by one of the visiting writers for the week of the Festival. Last year, the Seminar was taught by Christina Garcia, and this year, Agnes Scott is pleased to welcome Nick Flynn to teach the course.
Nick Flynn’s weeklong residency at Agnes Scott will be from March 24th through March 30th in order to allocate time not just for his reading during the Festival, but also for him to engage in a workshop with Agnes Scott students. This year’s Writers’ Festival Seminar class will be taught the week of the 24th Monday through Wednesday in the evening and then continue Saturday and Sunday during the morning. We are counting down the days until Nick Flynn and the other guest writers, Terrance Hayes and Louisa Hill arrive at Agnes Scott’s campus.

This Christmas, we remember the great po

This Christmas, we remember the great poet Robert Frost, whose regular visits to Agnes Scott inspired the Writers Festival. Below is one of his poems, “Christmas Trees.”

A Christmas Circular Letter

The city had withdrawn into itself
And left at last the country to the country;
When between whirls of snow not come to lie
And whirls of foliage not yet laid, there drove
A stranger to our yard, who looked the city,
Yet did in country fashion in that there
He sat and waited till he drew us out
A-buttoning coats to ask him who he was.
He proved to be the city come again
To look for something it had left behind
And could not do without and keep its Christmas.
He asked if I would sell my Christmas trees;
My woods—the young fir balsams like a place
Where houses all are churches and have spires.
I hadn’t thought of them as Christmas Trees.
I doubt if I was tempted for a moment
To sell them off their feet to go in cars
And leave the slope behind the house all bare,
Where the sun shines now no warmer than the moon.
I’d hate to have them know it if I was.
Yet more I’d hate to hold my trees except
As others hold theirs or refuse for them,
Beyond the time of profitable growth,
The trial by market everything must come to.
I dallied so much with the thought of selling.
Then whether from mistaken courtesy
And fear of seeming short of speech, or whether
From hope of hearing good of what was mine,
I said, “There aren’t enough to be worth while.”

“I could soon tell how many they would cut,
You let me look them over.”

“You could look.
But don’t expect I’m going to let you have them.”
Pasture they spring in, some in clumps too close
That lop each other of boughs, but not a few
Quite solitary and having equal boughs
All round and round. The latter he nodded “Yes” to,
Or paused to say beneath some lovelier one,
With a buyer’s moderation, “That would do.”
I thought so too, but wasn’t there to say so.
We climbed the pasture on the south, crossed over,
And came down on the north.

He said, “A thousand.”

“A thousand Christmas trees!—at what apiece?”

He felt some need of softening that to me:
“A thousand trees would come to thirty dollars.”

Then I was certain I had never meant
To let him have them. Never show surprise!
But thirty dollars seemed so small beside
The extent of pasture I should strip, three cents
(For that was all they figured out apiece),
Three cents so small beside the dollar friends
I should be writing to within the hour
Would pay in cities for good trees like those,
Regular vestry-trees whole Sunday Schools
Could hang enough on to pick off enough.
A thousand Christmas trees I didn’t know I had!
Worth three cents more to give away than sell,
As may be shown by a simple calculation.
Too bad I couldn’t lay one in a letter.
I can’t help wishing I could send you one,
In wishing you herewith a Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas from the Writers Festival team! Agnes Scott College i
Agnes Scott College is proud to welcome Nick Flynn as one of the visiting writers for the 43rd Annual Writer’s Festival, March 27-28 2014. Nick Flynn is a memoirist known for his memoir trilogy Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, The Ticking is the Bomb, and The Reenactments.

Flynn’s most recent memoir, The Reenactments, focuses on his experience with the making of the film Being Flynn that came out in 2012. Being Flynn is based on Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and details Flynn’s relationship with his father.

Flynn will be one of the three visiting writers for the 43rd Annual Writer’s Festival. He, poet Terrence Hayes, and playwright (and alumna of Agnes Scott College) Louisa Hill will all be welcomed to Agnes Scott’s campus March 27-28 to read their work as well as decide the winners of 2014’s Writer’s Festival.

All undergraduate and graduate students in Georgia are encouraged to submit their non-fiction, fiction, poetry and one-act plays for the competition. Each category has a grand prize of $500, publication in the annual Writer’s Festival Magazine, as well as an opportunity to meet the fantastic visiting writers lined up for this year.

The submission deadline is December 4th 2013. Please submit your work to and adhere to the following rules:

Contest Rules:

The Writers’ Festival competition in poetry, short fiction, personal essay, and one-act play is open to anyone currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program in a college or unviersity in the state of Georgia.
Works submitted must be previously unpublished except in campus newspapers or campus literary magazines. Finalist entries will appear in the Festival Magazine; authors retain all rights to their materials and may publish them elsewhere after the competition.
Entries must be submitted as Word-compatible email attachments to Professor Nicole Stamant at Receipt will be confirmed by a return email. Each story, essay, play, or set of poems must be in a separate file. The author’s name must not appear within the file. The covering email message must include the author’s name, school, email address, and phone number, followed by a list of titles of all works submitted, including of individual poems.
Each entrant may submit up to five poems, up to two stories, up to two essays, and one play. Entries must be typed in a standard 12-point Times New Roman font and entries in short fiction and the personal essay must be double-spaced. Entries may use global formatting (for example, first line indents) that can easily be changed to our template for publication.
Stories and essays must be not longer than 5000 words, poems no longer than 100 lines. Playscripts must be no longer than 30 pages and must be typed in the approved professional format. (See “Guidelines”, available from Samuel French publishers.)
The deadline for receipt of entries is December 4.
Finalists will be notified by email in January and will be allowed to make minor changes of their work before publication.

For any additional information visit or like the Writer’s Festival on Facebook for more updates.

God is an American “I still love words.

God is an American

“I still love words. When we make love in the morning,
your skin damp from a shower, the day calms.
Shadenfreude may be the best way to name the covering
of adulthood, the powdered sugar on a black shirt. I am

alone now on the top floor pulled by obsession, the ink
on my fingers.”
This is the opening few lines of Terrance Haye’s poem “God is an American” published in Guernica Magazine November 2007. Hayes is the author of four books of poetry, Muscular Music (1999), Hip Logic (2002), Wind in a Box (2006) and most recently Lighthead (2010).
Andrew Mulvania, of Weave Magazine reviews Lighthead and describes Hayes as “a poet of great verbal inventiveness, formal skill and ingenuity, and strong imagination.” Hayes themes for this collection of poetry include race and masculinity, focusing specifically on fatherhood.
Agnes Scott College is proud to welcome him as one of the visiting authors for the 43rd Annual Writer’s Festival March 27th through 28th 2014. The 43rd Annual Writer’s Festival is open for submissions of prose, poetry and one-act plays from undergraduate and graduate students in the state of GA. Submissions are open through December 4th. For more information on submission guidelines visit the Agnes Scott Writer’s Festival page on the Agnes Scott website.

An Evening With Southern Poets at the Decatur Library

The Decatur Library will be hosting an evening with Southern poets at 7:15 PM in the Decatur Library Auditorium, reading from the new book, The Southern Anthology of Poetry: Georgia. Among the poets reading will be Agnes Scotts’ own James May and his wife, Chelsea Rathburn, so come out and support them! This program is totally free.