The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Media (Mis)representation with Sean Avery

Date(s): Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 
Thoren, University Club (view map)
Type(s): 
Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Poetry
Tags: Media, Representation, Narrative, Metaphor, Imagery, Performance

About the Session

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. Using narrative, metaphor, imagery and performance, writers will explore a specific detail of a media franchise important to their childhood and either celebrate or critique an icon essential to their upbringing. 

Meet the Presenter(s)

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 superseanavery.com.