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Sean Avery Medlin
ABOUT the author
Sean Avery Medlin (he/they) is a gamer and Hip-Hop nerd, whose only wish in this world is to watch an unproblematic Black sci-fi T.V. show. Till then, Medlin teaches creative writing and guides cultural work for organizations across the U.S., while also creating rap, poetry, prose, and performance. Their music, literature, and theater all question the limits of Black masculinity, media (mis)representation, and personal narrative.
Medlin has shared stages with Saul Williams, J. Ivy, and Lemon Andersen. Their work’s been featured in Afropunk, Blavity, the 2018–2019 Chicago Hip-Hop Theater Festival, and the 2020 Tucson Poetry Festival. Their Hip-Hop play and album, skinnyblk, along with all their previous work, is available online at superseanavery.com. 808s & Otherworlds: Memories, Remixes, & Mythologies is Medlin’s debut collection.
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808s & Otherworlds
"808s & Otherworlds is a beautiful, shapeshifting collection. Medlin considers hip-hop, the suburbs, Blackness, masculinity, celebrity, superheroes, and America as both trap and origin story, exploring and exploding the categories that seek to define and limit us. Equal parts argument, meditation, and declaration, this book is a triumph and introduces a singular new voice."
—Danielle Evans, author of The Office of Historical Corrections
Michigan Quarterly Review interview with Sean Avery Medlin | 9/13/2021
Sam Small talks to the author of 808s & Otherworlds about poetry and rap, Arizona, Black masculinity, issues with the current state of Black sci-fi media and how to fix it, Kanye West, and more. Read on!
Live author reading and performance by Sean Avery Medlin from "A Lot 2 Unpack Feature" (July 30, 2021). View on YouTube