I met Albert over a year ago when I attended an Elizabeth Gilbert workshop in Napa which Albert organised. Albert is a friend and writing mentor of my Mum’s, and now me, and we have since remained close friends. He is my go-to when it comes to all things literature. Today we chat all about his story and the story behind his memoir, Beamish Boy which travels through addiction, family trauma and depression. We also discuss what it takes to be a published author, what is writers block and moving through pain (instead of around it). An amazing conversation! Thanks Albert!
Albert Flynn DeSilver is an American poet, memoirist, novelist, 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. His 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 many 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.” Albert has presented with international best selling authors Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, and many others. His new book, “Writing as a Path to Awakening,” based on his popular writing workshops by the same name, and a novel “Brooklyn, Wyoming” are due out in 2018. Albert teaches writing and mindfulness workshops at Hollyhock-Canada, The Omega Institute, The Esalen Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center and literary conferences nationally. He lives in Northern California.
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