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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

Photograph of Sean Avery

Sean Avery (pronouns he/they) is a rapper, poet and teaching artist from Avondale, Arizona. Their work integrates Hip-Hop music, poetry, and theater to explore how Black masculinity is projected onto their body. They strive for an authentic performance of self, hoping to inspire others to examine their own identities.

Avery's work has been featured on Afropunk, Blavity, the 2015-2016 Wisconsin Film Festival, the 2020 Tucson Poetry Festival, Write on Downtown, and the 2018-2019 Chicago Hip-Hop Theater Festival. They've shared the stage with performers such as Saul Williams, Lemon Anderson, and J. Ivy.

Currently, Avery teaches throughout the Phoenix area at schools and nonprofits. Their album and play skinnyblk, and all of their work, can be found at

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