Pound of Flesh

The Tampa Review, Summer 2011

Issue 41

Carolyn Flynn tracks a fast-moving financial storm in “Pound of Flesh,” drawing parallels between Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and the tempests on Wall Street.



Read the glowing review in The Review Review:

“Carolyn Flynn’s “Pound of Flesh” is a lovely, complex, and endlessly interesting essay about capitalism. She compares capitalism—this thing that is sometimes fought and sometimes embraced—to the victimized villain of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, Shylock. She braids her current understanding of capitalism with moments from her childhood that strike the reader as lovely coming-of-age pieces, creating something that is a hybrid of truth and feeling. The essay paints the philosophy of capitalism as a tragedy—a beautiful, sad tragedy—and I can write with complete honesty that I have never been more interested in the subject than I was as I read this piece.”

–Renee Beauregard Lute



“Pretend,” The Whitefish Review, 2014, winner of the 2014 Rick Bass/Montana Prize for Fiction
“Detox,” Ellipsis, 2004
“Detox,” German version, Wilde Frauen, anthology of women writers featuring Isabel Allende, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood and Pam Houston and a foreword by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, 1996
“Self-Help,” The Crescent Review, 1998
“Blood,” ABQ the Magazine, 2010


“Resurrection,” Fourth Genre, 2015

“Pound of Flesh,” Tampa Review, 2011





A section of magazine articles, essays and columns through the years:

Monthly column in SAGE Magazine, Albuquerque Journal, 1999 to 2015
“Googleganger,” column about Google twins, front page, Albuquerque Journal  |  March 2009
“Granada, Spain” travel piece. Travel section, Albuquerque Journal  |  December 2009
“Taking a Digital Sabbath,” about unplugging from technology, Sage magazine, Albuquerque Journal, April 2011
“Southern Flavor,” about Kentucky Derby parties, Food section, Albuquerque Journal  |  April 2009
“May the Fork Be With You,” about Star Wars food, Food section, Albuquerque Journal  |  April 2009
“The Art of Prayer,” about Ukrainian Easter eggs, Living section, Albuquerque Journal  |  March 2009
“In Defense of the Minivan,” column about motherhood and minivans in Trends, Albuquerque Journal, fall 2002
“Simple Tasks Yield Timeless Wisdom,” column about death of my father, Trends, Albuquerque Journal, December 1995


“The Devil Came Down to Austin,” on, a writing and art community blog  |  June 2007

“A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage: An Evening with Elizabeth Gilbert,” on  |  February 2010

“An Evening with Elizabeth Gilbert and Anne Lamott,” on  |  April 2008


Searching for Persephone

Short-listed for Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize, Black Balloon Publishing


Winner of the 2014 Rick Bass/Montana Prize for Fiction

An earlier version was short-listed for the Danahy Prize for Fiction, The Tampa Review, 2009


Finalist for 2014 Steinberg Essay Prize

Second place, 2013 Pinch Journal creative nonfiction contest, judged by Abigail Thomas

Pound of Flesh

Tom Howard Prize  |   Short-short-list, 2009


First place in ABQ the Mag short story contest  |  Read an excerpt here

A demented little story about a paranoid schizophrenic character. The full piece appears in the issue. You may order an issue online at


Winner of the Renwick-Sumerwell prize  |  Read an excerpt here

Best short story, SouthWest Writers, 1996

Sage magazine

Best magazine, National Federation of Press Women, 2015



There was a time in my life when I wrote seven books in five years.

Highlights here are mindfulness meditation and creative visualization, two techniques that I use in my writing life so that I can flourish.

Read more here.