Poetry

the NQRMAL Show: a queer performing arts showcase | Facebook Live

 

Hello again! If you missed the NQRMAL Show, then you can watch the recording below.

In this set, I read poems that speak to the gross disservice that both speculative and eulogistic writing does to Black women (cis and trans), by highlighting how they’re misrepresented in both life and death. You can also read the poems along with video, here.

I was fortunate enough to perform alongside five other amazing, independent, Phoenix-based, queer artists! You can watch all the acts, including myself, below.

(because the video below contains copyrighted music, it will not play from this website. please click “Watch on Facebook” underneath the “Unavailable” message to view the recording <3)


Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Writing Contest | Facebook Live

 

Hello! If you missed my poetry set for The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, then you can watch the recording below.

In this set, I read my 2015 award-winning poem Prayer for Magic, as well as new pieces from my upcoming 2020 collection 808s & Otherworlds, for a total of 16 minutes of poetry.

I believe these poems are, and have always been, necessary for america to hear, read & reflect on.


Write On Downtown (digital publication) | ASU

 

I’m excited, honored, and blessed to have three poems published in “Write On Downtown”, their first digital publication! Click below to read “Sun Valley”, “Iggy Azalea”, and “Mi Amor”.

https://writeondowntown.com/3-poems-by-sean-avery/


“The Local” (interview + new work) | ASU Gammage | Facebook Live

 

Hi all! If you missed The Local w/ ASU Gammage on 4/28, above is the recording! Director, friend, and arts admin Ashley Hare and I discuss my personal process for writing poetry, as well as how I’m responding to quarantine. I also share 2 new poems 🙂


The Tucson Poetry Festival 2020 |  Online Featured Poets Reading | Facebook Live

 

I had an absolute blast at this year’s Tucson Poetry Festival! I facilitated a generative workshop, as well as participated in the Featured Poet reading. If you’d like to watch (or re-watch) the reading, you can do so above. It’s about an hour long, and I read at 43:00 precisely.


“ChArt Journal 2020” | The Humanities Journal of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus

 

I’m happy to share this online journal in which I was published in March. I have 4 poems from “808s & Otherworlds” in this digital mag. You can also buy the physical online from Amazon (I know, only Amazon is carrying it, I’m sorry). You can find my work on the following pages:

 

Amazon link:

 

Read online link:


“CORPUS MEUM I” (excerpt) | Queer Poetry Salon | Phoenix, AZ

Stay on the lookout for my first collection of poetry…


“in america” | I Got The Last Word | Avondale, AZ

The final round of I Got The Last Word is now out. I gave a powerful performance of “in america”, and finished 2nd . Congratulations to the winner, I-Dee! His piece can be find here. Remember to check the “Upcoming Events” page for future live performances!


“TRAPHOUSE” | I Got The Last Word | Avondale, AZ

Above is the semi-final round of I Got The Last Word. I performed a piece titled “TRAPHOUSE”, discussing America’s obsession with rap music that is based on the poverty of Black American’s. Footage of the final round is coming within 1-2 weeks!


“Sun Valley” | I Got The Last Word | Avondale, AZ

I performed a new work titled “Sun Valley” for week 4 of I Got The Last Word and “captured Phoenix” in the words of my fellow Hip-Hop poet, scholar, and contestant Oya Sunshine. You can watch this new piece above Come out February 15th, 7 PM at Aroma Mocha Coffee for round 5!


“Generations” | The Reading Series | Tucson, AZ


“Power Ranger” | I Got The Last Word | Avondale, AZ

I performed “Power Ranger” for week 3 of I Got The Last Word and TURNT UP! You can watch this new version of the piece above Come out February 8th, 7 PM at Aroma Mocha Coffee for round 4!


“Free (Omari)” | I Got The Last Word | Avondale, AZ

Here’s my performance from week 2 of the poetry contest I Got The Last Word this past Saturday on February 1st. Come out February 8th, 7 PM at Aroma Mocha Coffee for round 4! Video of round 3 coming later this week!


“word magic (not a sport)” | I Got The Last Word | Avondale, AZ

Here’s my performance from week 1 of the poetry contest I Got The Last Word this past Saturday on January 18th. Come out TOMORROW, 7 PM at Aroma Mocha Coffee for round 2!


“in america” | The Reading Series | Tucson, AZ


NEW POETRY VIDEO

Free (Omari)” is a response to the inflammatory comments made by Kanye West on TMZ this year. This piece addresses Hip-Hop’s controversial legend with love, concern, reprimand, and rightful anger.

Watch below!


skinnyblk | 2018 Chicago Hip-Hop Theater Festival

Wassup y’all! I know I’ve been slacking on updating, but here is the full-length video of skinnyblk performed at Kuumba Lynx’s Hip-Hop Theater Festival! If you don’t know, skinnyblk is a multimedia journey through my life that celebrates being both Black and gender non-binary by confronting the stigmas of toxic masculinity and race through interdisciplinary performance art. Using anime, superheroes, dance, rap, and spoken word, I challenge the lines separating “boy” and “girl” in the struggle to discover my authentic self.

This particular performance was directed by Dr. Tamika Sanders with music and audio by rapper and producer Mic Maven, and choreography and dance by Niamey Thomas. Enjoy!


To my Favorite Artist (original draft)


Nigga: A Monologue


Art Hoe Collective | “skinnyblk jeans”

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An early version of “Prayer (Song) For Magic” was the 2nd place winner in the 2015 Wisconsin Academy statewide poetry contest.

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Illumination Literary Journal at the University of Wisconsin, Madison published two of my poems, both available in links below:

Otherworld

In My Dreams