The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Photograph of Sean Avery

Sean Avery

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellow 2020

About 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