Sean Avery

I’m telling my story, so there won’t be a mistake




Sean Avery (he/they) is a rapper, poet, and teaching artist. Their work integrates rap 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’ll inspire others to examine their own identities. 


Face To Face (upcoming) Fall 2020 

Ensemble member, Script-writer 

Location: TBD (with Rising Youth Theatre, Teatro Bravo, & Twined)


The NQRMAL Show: a queer performing arts showcase (upcoming) June 2020

Featured Artist

Location: Zoom


Wisconsin People & Ideas Contest Reading (upcoming) June 2020

Featured Artist

Location: Zoom


Desert Rose RWA, Writer’s Presentation & Performance June 2020

Featured Artist

Location: Zoom


The Local, with ASU Gammage April 2020

Featured Artist

Location: Zoom


Tucson Poetry Festival April 2020

Fellow, Performer & Generative Workshop Facilitator 

Location: Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, AZ (moved to Zoom)


Expressions at ASU Gammage April 2020

Featured Artist

Location: ASU Gammage (moved to Zoom)


House of Pentacles: Trans Day of Celebration Party March 2020

Panelist & Performer

Location: Zoom


Queer Poetry Salon Feb 2020

Featured Artist

Location: Palabras Billungal Bookstore, Phoenix, AZ


February First Friday @PhxArt Feb 2020

Event Organizer, Host & Performer 

Location: Phoenix Art Museum


I Got The Last Word Poetry Contest – Season 2 Jan-Feb 2020

Performer (Second Place contestant) 

Location: Aroma Mocha Coffee, Avondale, AZ


Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellows Reading + Conference Jan-Feb 2020

Fellow, Performer & Generative Workshop Facilitator 

Location: Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ + Old Main, Tempe, AZ


The Reading Series Presents: The Capricorn Reading Jan 2020

Featured Artist

Subspace Art Collective, Tucson, AZ


Phoenix Poetry Orchestra featuring Sean Avery Jan 2020

Featured Artist

Location: FilmBar, Phoenix, AZ


Trans Week of Celebration: Poetry Nov 2019


Location: The Coronado, Phoenix, AZ


skinnyblk performing arts showcase Oct 2019

Event Organizer, Workshop Facilitator, Producer & Performer

Location: Azukar Coffee, Phoenix, AZ


Futuros Unidos + Q.Y.A.S. (Queer Youth Art Showcase) April 2019

Performance Workshop Facilitator & Featured Artist 

Location: Thornhill-Lopez Center on 4th, Tucson, AZ

skinnyblk (original rap album & devised play) Jun 2018-Jan 2019

Writer, Performer & Co-Director

Location(s): Empty Space Theater (ASU Media & Performing Arts Building), Tempe, AZ, Uplift Community High School + Chicago Hip-Hop Theater Festival (Clarendon Park, Chicago, IL)



Childsplay: Theatre for Kids & Families May 2017-Current 

Teaching Artist + Project Coordinator

  • Plan weekly lesson plans for youth based on performance objectives 
  • Direct youth theatre presentations
  • Provide childcare for youth at the beginning and end of each day
  • Co-teach theatre activities with other Teaching Artists and interns 
  • Conduct professional development for Preschool teachers
  • Create Preschool theatre curriculum to teach social-emotional skills
  • Manage preparation for meetings, In-Services, and lessons
  • Work as an assistant for education programs
  • Develop online content, storybook readings, and socio-emotional-learning lesson plans


Free Arts of Arizona for Abused Children July 2017-March 2020

Teaching Artist (seasonal)

  • Plan writing and performance workshops once a week
  • Cultivate the safest possible creative space for youth
  • Participate and perform in the culminating showcase 
  • Prepare students to share at the culminating showcase 


South Pointe High School July 2017-May 2019

Creative Writing Teacher, English Teacher, Credit Recovery

  • Planned weekly lesson plans based on Arizona ELA state standards
  • Instructed 1-2 classes Mon-Fri (depending on the quarter)
  • Graded & assessed student assignments
  • Coordinated student showcases and performances 
  • Tutored after-school for both informational and creative writing




  • One•N•Ten Youth Poetry Writing Workshops Jan-June 2020
  • Slam! Poetry, Childsplay Online Class May 2020


  • Tucson Poetry Festival Generative Workshop April 2020
  • RE:FRAME Youth Art Residency @ South Pointe HS Feb-April 2020
  • Noname Book Club (international book club) Feb 2020-Ongoing   
  • Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Feb 2020
  • skinnyblk performing arts showcase Writing Workshops June-Sept 2019
  • Queer Youth Art Showcase Performance Workshop April 2019


  • “Artists for Change Vol 3, Master of Your Craft (Panelist & Performer)”, Lakeside Presentation Space, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, Arizona, 15 December 2018
  • “Jeff Chang in Conversation: ‘From Hip Hop to Policy Making, Performative Panel (Panelist & Performer)’”, Civic Space Park/ A.E. England Building, Phoenix, Arizona, 11 Sept 2018
  • “Real Boy Documentary Screening (Panelist)” Project Humanities (ASU), Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix, AZ, 23 May 2017




  • They Don’t All Make Headlines: 10 Poets You Need to Know in Phoenix Area
  •, Lynn Trimble (May 2019)
  • skinnyblk: New Play Explores Gender, Sexuality and Toxic Masculinity
  •, Ayo Sinplaneta (Oct 2018)
  • Five Questions: “‘Nigga: A Monologue’s’ Sean Avery”
  •, David Klein (April 2016)
  • Nigga: A Monologue – Sean Avery
  •, Lou Constant-Desportes (March 2016)
  • This video will make you think about the n-word and its place in American culture
  •, Blavity Team, (Dec 2015) 



  • Poetry
    • “Three Poems”, Write on Downtown: A Journal of Phoenix Creativity, Electronic, April 2020, N/A
    • “Four Poems from ‘Otherworld’”, ChArt: Celebrating the Humanities Through Art, Print & Electronic, March 2020, Pg. 53, 57, 63, 89
    • “Dear Masculinity,” Maskuline x Dear Masculinity Chapbook, Print, April 2017, Pg. 4
    • “skinny-black jeans,” Art Hoe Collective, August 2016, Electronic, N/A  
    • “Otherworld,” Illumination: Undergraduate Journal of Humanities, December 2015, Pg. 22  
    • “In My Dreams,” Illumination: Undergraduate Journal of Humanities, December 2015, Pg. 23 
      • Wisconsin People & Ideas Magazine, May 2015, Pg. 69
    • “Prayer (Song) For Magic,” Wisconsin People & Ideas Magazine, May 2015, Pg. 68
    • “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” Toothtaker, February 2014
    • “Toast,” The Blue Guitar Magazine, Fall 2010, Pg. 19
  • Essays
    • “Rap Music is Becoming Unsafe for Black People,”, April 2016 


  • Black Male Excellence Award, Delta Sigma Theta Feb 2016
  • Mentorship Award, OMAI/First Wave Feb 2016, Jan 2015
  • 2nd Place Poetry Contest, Wisconsin Academy May 2015
  • Marion McCammond Award, Wisconsin Union Directorate Mar 2015



University of Madison-Wisconsin May 2016

  • Bachelor of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing
    • Certificate in African-American Studies