Jim Flynn was born in Albany, New York 1977. He recieved his BS in Special
Education from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1999 and
is currently in his seventh year of teaching at the Bayard Rustin Educational
Complex in Manhattan. His first book Stranger
to the System: Life Portraits of New York City Homeless Community
(Curbside Press 2003) sold over 7,000 copies. He resides in Manhattan's
Lower East Side with his pet walrus Oscar and is considering possibilities
for another oral history project.