“I’m telling my story, so there won’t be a mistake!”
Hello! My name is Sean Avery (pronouns: he/they). I’m a rapper, poet, and educator from Avondale, Arizona. My work integrates Hip-Hop music, poetry, and theater to explore how Black masculinity is projected onto my body. I strive for an authentic performance of self, in hopes that I will inspire others to examine their own identities.
My work has been featured on Afropunk, Blavity, the 2015-2016 Wisconsin Film Festival, the 2018-2019 Chicago Hip-Hop Theater Festival, and the Art Hoe Collective Instagram. I’ve shared the stage with performers such as Saul Williams, Lemon Anderson, and J. Ivy. I’m an alum of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors in English Creative Writing, where I received the nation’s only Hip-Hop Theater scholarship, First Wave.
Currently I teach rap, poetry, and theater throughout the Phoenix area at high schools and nonprofits while performing my Hip-Hop play skinnyblk both regionally and nationwide. skinnyblk the album version is available now on all streaming platforms.
Watch the video above from Season 2 of the local poetry contest “I Got The Last Word” to learn more about me 🙂