Keith Flynn is the author of six books, including five collections of poetry: The Talking Drum (1991), The Book of Monsters (1994), The Lost Sea (2000), The Golden Ratio (Iris Press, 2007), Colony Collapse Disorder (Wings Press, 2013), and a collection of essays, entitled The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing (Writer's Digest Books, 2007). From 1984-1999, he was lyricist and lead singer for the nationally acclaimed rock band, The Crystal Zoo, which produced three albums: Swimming Through Lake Eerie (1992), Pouch (1996), and the spoken-word and music compilation, Nervous Splendor (2003). He is currently touring with a supporting combo, The Holy Men, whose album, LIVE at Diana Wortham Theatre, was released in 2011. His award-winning poetry and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies around the world, including The American Literary Review, The Colorado Review, Poetry Wales, The Cuirt Journal (Ireland), Takahe (New Zealand), Poetry East, The Southern Poetry Review, Margie, Rattle, Shenandoah, Word and Witness: 100 Years of NC Poetry, Crazyhorse, and many others. He has been awarded the Sandburg Prize for poetry, the ASCAP Emerging Songwriter Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award, the 2013 NC Literary Fellowship, and was twice named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for NC. Flynn is founder and managing editor of The Asheville Poetry Review, which began publishing in 1994.
"Flynn's poems are original, passionate, vigorous and musical narratives that roam the full spectrum of the art. Keith Flynn is a true original, and a national treasure." --Jennifer McPherson, The Comstock Review
"Imagine Blake doing rock and roll, filled with the spirit of Howling Wolf and Bill Monroe." --Joe Napora, Small Press Review
"Flynn is an American Rimbaud, whose morality is stronger than the Academy's or of the institutions which claim to govern us." --Jeffery Beam, The Sun
"If you have never seen this man perform, do yourself a favor. . . . He is the sauce . . ." --Jim Rezac, The Dover Post
"Keith Flynn is a consummate performer, and one of our very best contemporary poets."--Virgil Suarez, Southeast Review
For more information, see
- His blog
- Bio and selected works at Iris Press
- His poem "if you are Chagall" in Shenandoah
- His poem "Lincoln's Life Mask" at VerseDaily
- Selected poems at Connotation Press
- Selected poems at Quarterly Literary Review Singapore
- Selected poems at ashevillepoetryreview
- Selected poems from the Poet of the Week Archive: August 8-14, 2005 at North Carolina Arts Council
- His article "The Action Verb and Beautiful Accidents" at Writers' Digest
- Keith Flynn performs his poem-song with the rock band Crystal Zoo at The Read on WNC
- His essay "The Imagination As A Redemptive Force" at Asheville Poetry Review
- Interview with Keith Flynn, September 14, 2010, by Rob Neufield for The Read on WNC
- Keith Flynn & The Holy Men, Live at Diana Wortham Theater at CDBaby
- "Keith Flynn Poetry Workshop Rocks!!"--a commentary on a Flynn workshop at downeastwriters
- Information and reviews of his latest book Colony Collapse Disorder at WingsPress
- Asheville Poetry Review
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