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Keith Flynn Reading Live @ Mendenhall on September 24th

Rocker. Poet. Performer. We are thrilled to announce that Keith Flynn will be reading on September 24th! The event will be held in Mendenhall 244 at 3:30 PM. Curious minds can check out Keith’s homepage as we begin to prepare for what should be a can’t-miss performance!

“A tornado speed tour through modern and postmodern poetics. . .and one of the most engaging, soulful, generous, and truly exciting books I have ever read.”

- Fred Chappell

“[The Rhythm Method] is destined to become a classic reference and teaching resource.”

- The Writer’s Digest Roundtable of Editors

Keith Flynn was born August 4, 1962. He studied at Mars Hill College and the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) 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. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1987 and formed the nationally acclaimed rock band, The Crystal Zoo, which produced three albums: Swimming Through Lake Eerie(1992), Pouch (1996) and Nervous Splendor (2003), an innovative compilation of music and spoken word. Serving as lyricist and lead singer from 1986 to 1998, Flynn’s poems were blasted to full effect by the double-barreled sonic accompaniment of The Crystal Zoo. As a widely traveled poet and performer, Flynn uses many different voices to accomplish his aims.

Flynn is the author of five collections of poetry: The Talking Drum (1991), The Book of Monsters(1994), The Lost Sea (2000), and The Golden Ratio (2007), and the forthcoming Colony Collapse Disorder (Wings Press, 2013).   His poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, journals, and anthologies in the United States and Europe, including The American Literary Review, EcotoneCave Wall, The Poetics of American Song LyricsThe Carolina QuarterlyThe Colorado ReviewCrazyhorseThe Cuirt Journal (Ireland), Earth and Soul: The Kostroma Anthology (Russia), The 20th Century Anthology of NC PoetsPoetry WalesTakahe (New Zealand), MargieShenandoahQuarterly Review (Singapore), Rattle, and The Southern Poetry Review.
He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, for the Pushcart Prize, was awarded the Paumanok Poetry Prize in 1996, and has given thousands of performances from his work across North America and abroad. (www.ketihflynn.net)