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Albert Flynn DeSilver

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Albert Flynn DeSilver
Norwalk, Connecticut
OccupationPoet, Author
Notable awards2008 Poet Laureate of Marin County, California
SpouseMarian Cremin

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an American poet, memoirist, novelist, meditation teacher, speaker, and workshop leader. He received a BFA in photography from the University of Colorado in 1991 and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995. DeSilver served as Marin County California's very first Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2010. His work has appeared in more than one hundred literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Hanging Loose, Jubilat, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), and many others. DeSilver has taught for many years in the Teen and Family Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He is the author of several books of poems and the memoir Beamish Boy, (2012) which Kirkus Reviews called "a beautifully written memoir, poignant and inspirational".

DeSilver is the founder of Brilliant Writer, LLC, and the Mindful Authors Accelerator,[1] an online educational program that provides an educational platform for creative writers—including a digital learning platform, live events, and online course modules.

DeSilver is also the author of Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer & Living an Awakened Life (Sounds True, 2017) which is based on his popular writing workshops by the same name. DeSilver teaches writing and mindfulness workshops at The Omega Institute, The Esalen Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center and literary conferences nationally. DeSilver has presented and taught with bestselling authors Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maxine Hong Kingston, U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan and many others. He lives in Northern California.


Non Fiction[edit]

  • Beamish Boy, A Memoir (The Owl Press, 2012)
  • Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer & Living an Awakened Life (Sounds True Publishing, 2017)


  • A Field Guide to the Emotions (Privately Published, 2010)
  • Letters to Early Street (La Alameda/University of New Mexico Press, 2007)
  • Walking Tooth & Cloud (French Connection Press, Paris, 2007)
  • Some Nature (Privately Published, 2004)
  • Time Pieces (The Owl Press, 2001)
  • Foam Poems (Privately Published, 1998)
  • "A Pond" (The Owl Press, 2001) viewed copy of this book


  • Cloud View Poets, An Anthology with an introduction by David St. John (Arctos Press, 2009)
  • Letters to Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics, and Community (Saturnalia Books, 2008)
  • Sometimes in the Open: Poems from California’s Poets Laureate (Sacramento Poetry Center Press, 2009)
    Featuring poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, Al Young, and Albert Flynn DeSilver among others.
  • Bay Poetics: An Anthology of San Francisco Bay Area Poets Edited by Stephanie Young (Faux Press, Cambridge, MA 2006)


  1. ^ "Writer — BLOG". Dear English Major. 7 February 2021. Retrieved 2021-05-21.

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