The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

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Sean Avery

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellow 2020

About Sean Avery

Sean Avery (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, in hopes that they will inspire others to examine their own identities.

Avery is an alum of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in English Creative Writing, where they received the nation's only full-tuition Hip-Hop & Spoken Word scholarship, First Wave. They’ve been on stage with performers such as Saul Williams, Lemon Anderson, and J. Ivy. Avery’s work has been featured in Afropunk, Blavity, the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Chicago Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Their songs & poems can also be found on their website, Currently, Avery teaches rap, poetry, and theater throughout the Valley while performing their Hip-Hop album and play titled skinnyblk.

Find Conference Sessions with Sean Avery

Media (Mis)representation
Sean Avery

Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Thoren, University Club
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Poetry

This session investigates or states the effects of having one's social identity (mis)represented by a popular media franchise. Poets like Morgan Parker are in conversation with media franchises, expressing how these popular icons influence one's social identity. Her collection, There Are Things More Beautiful Than Beyoncé, explores her complicated feelings towards Beyoncé as a symbol of Black women's strength and objectification.