Rachel Contreni Flynn
Throw yourself out of yourself
                            --Paul Celan

Short Bio

Rachel Contreni Flynn
grew up in a small town in Indiana then went to Indiana University in Bloomington where she majored in journalism and history.   She went on to law school in Chicago and practiced in the city for a number of years. While a junior attorney, Rachel began to take poetry classes at the School of the Art Institute and soon enrolled in a low-residency MFA program.   

Rachel's second full-length collection, Tongue, won the Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press, and her chapbook, Haywire, was published in 2009 by Bright Hill Press. Her first book, Ice, Mouth, Song, was published in 2005 by Tupelo Press, after winning the Dorset Prize. She was awarded a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2007. Her work has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, and she received an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship in 2003. She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program and lives in Gorham, Maine with her husband and two children.

Rachel is involved widely in community arts and literature pursuits in Maine and beyond, teaching at Colby College, editing and directing the Beloit Poetry Journal, conducting workshops with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, and participating in readings and festivals throughout New England. She grows blueberries, loves baseball, and is continually surprised by the blessings and oddities of her 1850s farmhouse.

Current Projects

I'm working on a collection of poems with the tentative title "The Forgettery."  I've also begun a series of linked poems with the working title "Mimicry" about all kinds of charlatans, fakery, and disguises.

Editing and directing the Beloit Poetry Journal is a fine mix of business, luscious poetry, and community love. We continue and expand on a long tradition of building a family: internationally, across the country, and here in Maine.

Visit us at www.bpj.org.

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