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About Carolyn Brigit Flynn

Carolyn Brigit Flynn is a writer and teacher dedicated to language as a pathway to renewed life and deepening of soul and spirit.


As a poet and writer she infuses her work with a dedication to the earth and all its lives, a love of natural and human history, and the lives of women.


As a teacher, she provides a powerful container for writers to generate new work from the depth of the soul, and to edit and complete their writing for a broad audience.


Carolyn’s poetry collection, Communion: In Praise of the Sacred Earth, was published by White Cloud Press in 2014.  Carolyn is currently completing a memoir/history of Ireland, The Light of Ordinary Days.  She is the editor of Sacred Stone, Sacred Water: Women Writers and Artists Encounter Ireland, which emerged from her 2016 tour and writing retreat in Ireland.    She also edited the popular anthology Sisters Singing: Blessings, Prayers, Art, Songs, Poetry and Sacred Stories by Women, and The New Story: Creation Myths for Our Times.


Her poems and essays have appeared in literary journals and anthologies nationwide, including Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, The Pedestal Magazine, Porter Gulch Review,  Monterey Poetry Review, Phren-Z, Black Buzzard Review, Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure, Inside Grief: Death, Loss and Bereavement and New to North America. 

Carolyn received her B.A. from George Washington University and her M.A. from UCLA, both in Urban Studies and History. She studied the craft and soul of creative writing with the poet and novelist Deena Metzger, her long time friend and mentor. She studied dream work in the tradition of depth psychology with Stephen Aisenstat at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Many years ago Carolyn discovered a profound affiliation with the ancient places of Ireland. She periodically brings groups of writers and artists to journey into the soul and spirit of Ireland through writing, art and storytelling.

Carolyn lives near the ocean in California with her wife, the poet Jean Mahoney. She teaches ongoing writing groups, and offers writing retreats in the Santa Cruz Mountains and in Ireland.