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)

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.