When we first thought of pairing Thomas Fucaloro and Nick Flynn together, my heart nodded in agreement. One thing I love about both of these poets is their uncanny sense of surprise. These poets are risk takers. They demand their readers take leaps. There is also a deep sense of play in each of their writing, (and I don’t mean silly, as each poet explores trauma and grief with rooted authority,) I mean a true humorous eye, a willingness to flip an image upside down so we can finally recognize it. Each poet is devoted in his own way to irreverence, and I’m excited to witness the way their poems will spark back and forth. – April Ranger
Thomas Fucaloro‘s latest book is out now by Three Rooms Press called It Starts From the Belly and Blooms. He is a founding editor for Great Weather for Media and editor for Staten Island’s new literary magazine NYSAI. He teaches poetry workshops at the NEON Bronx Probation Center, Writopia Lab, The Acorn Youth Treatment Center and the Staten Island LGBTQ Community Center. He just received his MFA in creative writing from the New School. He has a new chapbook coming out soon through Tired Hearts Press called Mistakes Disguised as Stars.
Nick Flynn is the author of three memoirs, The Reenactments, The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment, and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which has been made into a film, Being Flynn, starring Robert DeNiro as Flynn’s father, Julianne Moore, and Paul Dano. He is also the author of three books of poetry, The Captain Asks For a Show of Hands, Some Ether, which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and Blind Huber. His fourth book of poetry, My Feelings, is forthcoming in 2015. He has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and The Fine Arts Work Center. His poems, essays, and non-fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, National Public Radio’s “This American Life,”and The New York Times Book Review.