Flynn is the founder and editor of The Asheville Poetry Review, a literary journal established in 1994. He is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Colon Collapse Disorder. His poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, journals and anthologies in the United States and Europe, including The American Literary Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Crazyhorse, The Cuirt Journal (Ireland), The 20th Century Anthology of NC Poets, Takahe (New Zealand), Quarterly Review (Singapore) and The Southern Poetry Review. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the Pushcart Prize and was awarded the Paumanok Poetry Prize in 1996. He served as the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for North Carolina in 2005 and 2006.