October 16, 2012

Owens Community College Literacy Committee Welcomes Nationally-Known Author Nick Flynn, Oct. 23

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses will celebrate and promote the importance of literacy by inviting area residents to hear nationally-known author Nick Flynn discuss his personal struggles through life as part of a free lecture discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Presented by the Literacy Committee, Flynn will speak at 11 a.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre on the Toledo-area Campus and at 3 p.m. in the Community Education and Wellness Center Room 111 on the Findlay-area Campus. Admission to the events is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Owens’ Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township, while the Findlay-area Campus is located on Bright Road in Findlay.

Flynn’s personal story about his relationship with his father, Jonathan, known as a con man, alcoholic and self-proclaimed poet, has earned critical acclaim, both as a book and film titled “Being Flynn”. The book and film detail how Jonathan disappears from Flynn’s life for the better part of 20 years and suddenly reappears at a homeless shelter in Boston where Flynn is employed. Flynn struggles with the new father-son relationship, which is compounded by Jonathan’s reputation as a con man and alcoholic.

In addition to his career as a writer, Flynn is a playwright and a poet. His most recent play is titled “Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins”. Flynn is also the author of the book “The Ticking is The Bomb” and three books of poetry “Blind Huber”, “The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands” and “Some Ether”, which won the inaugural PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry in 1999.

His accomplishments include being awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Amy Lowell Trust and the Fine Arts Work Center. Some of the venues his poems, essays and non-fiction work have appeared include “The New Yorker”, the “Paris Review” and National Public Radio’s “This American Life” show. Additionally, Flynn has worked as a “field poet” and an artistic collaborator on the documentary film “Darwin’s Nightmare”, which won an Academy Award in 2006. He also teaches at the University of Houston.

For more information about the lecture, call (567) 661-2987 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2987.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.