Visiting Writers Series: Keith Flynn

Thursday, September 16, 2021 7:00pm

625 7th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601

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As a widely traveled poet and performer, Keith Flynn is the award-winning author of eight books, including six poetry collections, most recently The Skin of Meaning. Other collections of poems include The Talking Drum, The Book of Monsters, and The Lost Sea.

For 15 years, he was a lyricist and lead singer for the nationally acclaimed rock band, The Crystal Zoo, which produced three albums: Swimming Through Lake Eerie, Pouch, and the spoken-word and music compilation, Nervous Splendor. In addition, he is the executive director and producer of the TV show LIVE at White Rock Hall, and Animal Sounds Productions, both of which create collaborations between writers and musicians in video and audio formats.

His award-winning poetry and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies around the world. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In addition, he was awarded the Paumanok Poetry Award, the 2013 North Carolina Literary Fellowship, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Emerging Songwriter Prize. Flynn has given thousands of performances from his work across North America and abroad. In 2005 and 2006, Flynn served as the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for North Carolina, promoting the cultural importance of poetry in his home state.

Flynn is the founder and managing editor of The Asheville Poetry Review, a literary journal established in 1994 that published over 1,500 writers from 22 countries.

Flynn attended Mars Hill College and the University of North Carolina, Asheville, where he studied creative writing and political science. While at UNCA, Flynn was instrumental in founding the student newspaper, The Blue Banner, and in 1985 won the Sandburg Prize for Poetry.

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  • Lisa Hart
  • Nolan Metcalf
  • Frank Quinn

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