Albert Flynn DeSilver

Albert Flynn DeSilver

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an American poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and workshop leader. He earned his master of fine arts degree in new genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995. 

DeSilver’s work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals worldwide, including ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Hanging Loose, Jubilat, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), and others. He is the author of several books of poems and the memoir Beamish Boy, which Kirkus Reviews called “a beautifully written memoir. . .poignant and inspirational.” 

DeSilver taught as a California poet for more than a decade, working with thousands of children throughout Northern California and beyond. He also served as the  first poet laureate of Marin County, California, and has shared the stage with U. S. poet laureate Kay Ryan, best-selling authors Maxine Hong Kingston, Cheryl Strayed, and Elizabeth Gilbert,  as well as legendary beat poet Michael McClure and many others.

DeSilver is the founder of Writing as a Path to Awakening, which is about an embodied inter-connected approach to creativity and writing—helping people reignite the joy, fun, spontaneity, and wisdom in the practice and process of writing. Writing as a Path to Awakening is a workshop and retreat series, interactive book project, and online course experience. 

DeSilver has been practicing meditation for more than 20 years. He is known for merging the art of creative writing with the evolutionary practice of mindfulness meditation. His nonfiction book, Writing as a Path to Awakening, is based on his popular writing workshops.