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Poetry Workshop with Sean Avery

Date(s): Mondays, August 24 - 31, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Poetry
Cost: $89

About the Class

This class investigates or states the effects of having one's social identity (identities) (mis)represented by a beloved fictional character. Poets like Marlin M. Jenkins, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, and A. Van Jordan, are in conversation with animated television shows, comic-books, and live-action series, expressing how these popular icons influence one's perception of self. Through studying a few of their poems, we explore complicated feelings around projection, identity markers in speculative fiction, and commodification of identity. Using narrative, metaphor, and imagery, writers will examine a fictional character they believe (mis)represents them, inciting critique, celebration, reimagination, all three, or more. 

Meet Your Instructor

Sean Avery is a gamer and Hip-Hop nerd, who’s only wish in our world is to watch an unproblematic, Black sci-fi TV show. Until then, they toil as a Cultural Worker and Digital Organizer for the prison abolitionist people’s movement, Mass Liberation Arizona, while also creating rap, poetry, prose, and performance. Their work questions the limits of Black masculinity, media (mis)representation, and personal narrative. 

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at