Upcoming Events

MLK Jr. Day of Service | 1/14/2023 | Peoria, AZ

NO DISCIPLINE RADIO 002 (Snottyman x KPMADMAN x Sean Avery Medlin)

Reading at Agua Fria High School

Loud ‘N Unchained Open Mic & Writing Workshop

No One Is A Constellation By Themself

A Virtual Reading & Conversation with Marlin M. Jenkins

Mission Creek Festival 2022


The Black Art Festival

Writing Beyond Boundaries: Steven Dunn, Sean Avery Medlin, & Alyesha Wise

A Reading & Conversation with DIANE EXAVIER

Celebrating Black Excellence: Local Showcase

SPIN STANZAS // Poetry & Music Showcase

Bookman’s Phoenix Author Fair

February First Friday Poetry Showcase

REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/buildingworlds

In case you missed “There’s A Lot To Unpack: Artist Showcase & Fundraiser”, you can watch the whole thing here, on Youtube, as well as individual artist performances. Enjoy!

THERE’S A LOT TO UNPACK: Artist Showcase + Fundraiser

Park After Dark: Juneteenth Edition

Virtual Poetry Reading @ Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

The River Reading: Poetry Open Mic / Fundraiser

Black Friday Fundraiser: Reclaim with RE:FRAME

OPEN MIC NIGHT with The Sun Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill

The Craft of the Reading: Performance and Poetry with Sean Avery

You can rewatch my artist talk below!

Shadowdance: an ALL BLACK Trans & GNC Poetry Cypher

Black Friday Fundraiser: You Are What You Eat, an Artist Showcase

(for some reason, the video won’t appear on this website, however the link works, and takes you to Facebook, where you can watch the entire event)

Unlock The Vote AZ: Artist Showcase

(for some reason, the video won’t appear on this website, however the link works, and takes you to Facebook, where you can watch the entire event)

An Invitation to Dream Up Media Reparations

(for some reason, the video won’t appear on this website, however the link works, and takes you to Facebook, where you can watch the entire event)

As We Speak Pt. 2: A Black Artist Showcase


As We Speak Pt. 1: A Black-Centered Open Mic


National Poetry Month Prompt #1: Childhood

EXPRESSIONS @ ASU Gammage (repost, original post further down)

National Poetry Month Announcement with The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU

2020 Tucson Poetry Festival

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Y’ALL! I’m so excited to announce that I will be a Fellow for the 2020 Tucson Poetry Festival! Due to public health concerns, the entire festival has been moved online.

I’ll teach a generative writing workshop the morning of Saturday, April 18th, and I will read new work that night for the Fellow Showcase Reading. For any and all updates, including how to register for the workshops and tune in for performances, please visit and follow there website: https://www.tucsonpoetryfestival.org/

Trans Day of Visibility

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TDOV Panelist

Join House of Pentacles in celebrating Trans Day of Visibility, on Tuesday, March 31st, via Zoom for a virtual party! The link to the Zoom meeting is above, at the bottom of the first flyer, and it is also linked here.

We’ll be celebrating Black Trans creativity, life, and joy. I’m only one of three panelist-performers, and we each have a 30 minute set. Check out Myka Johnson and Zye Cole, the other two panelist-performers for the party!

Tune in, I hope to see you there in the chat! 🙂

Expressions @ ASU Gammage


UPDATE: Due to public health concerns, Expressions @ ASU Gammage will now be virtual!

The new date, time, and digital address are: Tuesday, April 7th, 7  p.m., on Zoom,  meeting ID: 165-657-085. Tune in if you can! Thank you for supporting the arts during such an unstable time.

I’m returning to Expressions @ ASU Gammage as a featured artist this month!

This free event takes place on Tuesday, March 17th, and welcomes all forms of expression from the community such as: music, poetry, spoken word, dance, etc. Come to perform or watch while enjoying complimentary food directly on the historical ASU Gammage stage. Whether you are a first timer on the mic or a seasoned professional, all are welcome as it is meant to be an open and safe space for artistic expression without fear of judgement.

Those wanting to perform will sign up when the doors open on the night of. The performances will begin at 7 p.m. and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. 

Queer Poetry Salon


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!

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference 2020


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.

Black History Month @ First Friday

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.

I Got The Last Word

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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



The Reading Series: Capricorn Reading


Phoenix Poetry Orchestra


living / transcestory: celebration of trans & non-binary poetry


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.

skinnyblk: performing arts showcase

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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.


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!


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!


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!


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.


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


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.


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!


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 😉


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!



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!



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

AJ Odneal
Indie folk singer/songwriter influenced by pop and jazz
Phoenix, AZ

Sean Avery
Poet, Rapper, Educator

Mic Maven
Rapper, Producer
Phoenix, AZ


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!


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 🙂


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!

Storyscope Eventbrite

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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!


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!