Upcoming Events

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Queer Poetry Salon is a safe space for queer writers to share ideas & poetry while providing opportunities to mobilize for the community. The open mic period is open to all queer writers. This month’s featured readers are Sean Avery (myself) & Maria Woodson. To RSVP for this awesome, free, literary event, visit the Facebook event page here!


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I am a Fellow for ASU’s Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference 2020! I taught a generative workshop titled “Media (Mis)representation”. If you’d like to take the workshop yourself, contact me for more information.


 

This #FirstFriday, February 7, visit Phoenix Art Museum to celebrate the start of #BlackHistoryMonth with a lineup of free events, from 6 – 10 pm.

Enjoy the Arizona premiere of 2018 Artist Grant recipient Shanice Malakai‘s latest short films, “Postmark” and “Opulence,” a musical performance by Solu, a dance performance by Ashley Baker, and poetry readings organized by Sean Avery, Patience Briggs and Saretta Morgan.

Then, join director of The Whole Story Rachel Eseoghene Egboro for Modern Love – a free storytelling open mic on Black love. Everyone is welcome to listen to love stories told from the Black perspective. Potential tellers with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme, “Modern Love” can sign up at 7:00 PM. Stories start at 7:30 PM.

See you at #PhxArt!

Learn more here: bit.ly/Feb2020FF.


 

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Hello friends, fans and familiar faces! I have some great news: I’m competing in Aroma Mocha Coffee’s poetry contest “I Got The Last Word”!

I’m excited and honored to perform so close to my high school alma mater, and the neighborhoods I grew up in. The contest is six weeks total, with contestants performing on Saturday nights from 7-9 at Aroma Mocha Coffee AZ in Avondale. The flyer above has all the information you need if you’d like to come out and support / watch the competition. Below, I’ll link each YouTube episode of the contest. Wish me good luck!

“I Got The Last Word” Poetry Contest – Season 2 event page

Episode 1, 1/18/2020

Episode 2, 1/25/2020

Episode 3, 2/1/2020

Episode 4, 2/8/2020

Episode 5, 2/15/2020

Episode 6, 2/29/2020


 

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This is an important week, as we remember and honor our trans and nonbinary kin who are with, and without, us. I’m honored to be reading at this event, in solidarity with my cousin Twix XXX. This celebration is free, of course. Come hold ceremony.


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Join us for a night of local poets, musicians, dancers and performance artists premiering new work based on the central themes of skinnyblk. For more details and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page or Facebook event page here.


 

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Co-director of “skinnyblk”, Dr. Tamika Sanders invited me to perform at her Open Mic in my hometown, Avondale! It’s a free event, and the hosting coffee-shop is black owned! Hope to see you there!


 

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Spoken Futures Youth Art organization is teaming up with UNIDOS US for an afternoon of workshops on social justice and performance poetry. In the evening, the Queer Youth Art Showcase (Q.Y.A.S.) will host a night of drag, art and poetry by and for LGBTQ+ youth under 21. I’m grateful to say that I will be doing both a workshop, and a set of music and poetry. Come support the young people of Tucson!


 

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If you joined us for “Artists For Change”, then you’ll appreciate the line-up for “Black Resilience”, once again organized and produced by @nniiamey. Come check us out!


 

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The Chicago Hip-Hop Festival has invited us back to the windy city! Shoutout Kuumba Lynx! We’ll be at Uplift Community High School on January 17th, 2019 for a special performance of “skinnyblk”! I’m so blessed to still be sharing this work with the world.


 

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skinnyblk is coming to Phoenix! For all the info on both the fundraiser and show, visit the following links: skinnyblk fundraiser, skinnyblk show dates.


 

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Aliento AZ is rebooting their open mic series, and they’ve invited both myself and my dear friend Anna Flores to feature. The night’s themes will be confinement & liberation. In Arizona, these terms carry heavy connotations for both Black and Latinx Americans.


 

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I’m eager to announce that I’ll be performing on a “performance panel” alongside Jeff Chang, who’ll be giving a lecture on race and re-segregation in major American cities. Both events are free, thanks to ASU. Come support critical Hip-Hop thought!


 

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A few homies have started a theater collective, New Carpa, and I’m helping them open their new DIY space by performing in an art showcase. Only $5 entry! Bring some friends for this Saturday night 😉


 

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The grind don’t stop! Catch me at the Tempe History Museum on Wednesday, Feb. 28th in “Artists for Change”, a multimedia, multi-genre showcase & discussion panel organized by my dear friend @nniiamey. I’ll be performing work that directly addresses problems I see in my/our community, alongside other Phoenix creators, scholars & organizers. Love!

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February is a busy month for me. On Feb. 24th I’ll be performing at “SAY WHAT?!” a queer storytelling event in Phx! It’s in the Listening Room from 7pm-9pm, $10 tickets at the door or online! Come show love, support & allyship!

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The homies & I are performing at Lost Leaf! It will be a smooth Saturday night of indie folk, poetry & rap. Come through, check us out, have a beer 🙂

Anna Flores
Writer, Actress
Phoenix, AZ
annafloresula.com

AJ Odneal
Indie folk singer/songwriter influenced by pop and jazz
Phoenix, AZ
https://m.facebook.com/AjOdnealMusic/
https://open.spotify.com/album/4LDt7ixxZbMhr8xEBXP4Dx
https://ajodneal.bandcamp.com/releases

Sean Avery
Poet, Rapper, Educator
AZ

Mic Maven
Rapper, Producer
Phoenix, AZ
https://soundcloud.com/micmaven


 

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Greetings! I am now booking performances & workshops for the Spring & Summer! If you are in or know of a school, nonprofit, community center, music venue, theater or org. that is looking for artists to do residencies, series, events or one-offs, come my way!


 

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Wassup y’all! Come out to Crescent Ballroom on Feb. 5th, 8pm, to catch me, Lewis Santana & Latosque on the mic! You can also hop on yourself! See ya there 🙂


 

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Listen to UGLY by Mic Maven on all platforms!


 

https-%2F%2Fcdn.evbuc.com%2Fimages%2F34569078%2F223959791797%2F1%2Foriginal.jpgMy friends & collaborators over at Empty Space Theatre have invited me to their Storyscope event this Friday at 7pm. The theme for this event is “what does home mean to you?”

I’ll be performing a 5-minute piece tentatively titled “skinnyblk”.  I hope to see you there. To RVSP & get the address, click the link below!

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I’ve been given the honor of performing this Saturday, October 14th, at ASU’s Fall 2017 Come As You Are Ball! I’m very excited & nervous as this is the first time I’ve been booked specifically because of my queerness.  Although the flyer says $10 at the door, I’ve received confirmation from the organizers that it is FREE!

If you can’t read the flyer, here are the details: Fair Trade Cafe, 424 N. Central Ave., PHX, AZ 85004, 6:30pm-11:30pm.

I go on at 7:30pm. I’ll be performing a 5-minute piece tentatively titled “skinnyblk”. Hope to see you there!



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The homie & badass poet Anna Flores has invited me to be a part of her new collective’s debut showcase!

“How We Love Now” is an interdisciplinary theatre showcase running for one weekend, Nov 3rd & 4th. Organized by Nicole Hugeuz, the showcase is a launching pad for new work from all the artists performing.

The event will be held at South Mountain Community College, 7050 S 24th St., the start time is TBA & it will be free.

I hope to see you there!