Albert Flynn DeSilver

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Albert Flynn DeSilver is a poet, author, artist, publisher, and speaker. He served as Marin County California's very first poet laureate from 2008-2010. Albert has published several books and hundreds of individual poems in literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Van Gogh’s Ear, Jubilat, Hanging Loose, and many others. His latest book is “Beamish Boy: A Memoir (June 2012). He taught with California Poets in the Schools for many years, and currently presents at workshops, conferences, and institutions throughout the United States. Please visit his website at



BY Albert Flynn DeSilver • POSTED ON June 1, 2012

DeSilver’s memoir recounts the adolescent and young-adult experiences that shaped his writing and artistic endeavors as an acclaimed poet.

Growing up in the upper-middle-class–Connecticut suburbs during the 1970s and ’80s, DeSilver used alcohol at an early age to dull the emotional aches and pains he was too young to process. A sensitive observer even as a young child, he first experienced deep anxiety and loneliness after his parents hired an austere, often violent German governess to care for him and his two sisters. His fascinating parents (especially his feisty mother with her hilarious one-liners and anecdotes) struggled with addiction, too, although they are portrayed as loving yet detached from their children’s emotional needs. DeSilver leaves for college and, pursuing photography and art, slowly begins dealing with his demons. After a series of damaging meltdowns and relationships, he finds a path to sobriety and self-awareness through therapy, meditation and nature, which help him transcend his battle with alcoholism. DeSilver details this pursuit of inner peace via his talent for painting rich imagery with words, while his keen ability to gracefully and openly express his vulnerability brightens and enriches the memoir. He writes honestly of the times in his life when he produced tiresome art amid a plethora of self-centered decisions. With eloquent metaphors, lyrical prose and subtle humor, DeSilver engagingly expresses his determination to examine his life’s purpose. Told clearly but not chronologically, his path to sobriety leads to a life about much more than addiction.

A beautifully written memoir of awakening and self-acceptance.

Pub Date: June 1, 2012

Page count: 300pp

Publisher: The Owl Press

Review Posted Online: April 30, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2012

TEDx Talk with synopsis of story told in "Beamish Boy"

Awards, Press & Interests


New Canaan, CT

Favorite author

Federico Garcia Lorca

Favorite book

Collected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca

Day job

Senior Homecare Agency Owner/Director

Favorite word


Unexpected skill or talent

Mountain Biker

Passion in life

Teaching writing and meditation in a combined program I created called "Writing As a Path to Awakening"


Letters to Early Street

A book of letter poems
Published: June 1, 2007
ISBN: 978-1888809503