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Sean Avery MedlinSean Avery Medlin<div class="ExternalClass5350BD57CDE04C10B63627AA428E8528"><h2><em>​</em><em>808s & Otherworlds: Memories, Remixes, and Mythologies</em> by Sean Avery Medlin​<br><br></h2><p><a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/phoenix-phoenixpl/content/media/6286962" target="_blank">eBook</a><br><a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/phoenix-phoenixpl/content/media/6660954" target="_blank">eAudiobook</a></p><p><a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/phoenix-phoenixpl/content/media/6660954" target="_blank"></a></p><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Sean Avery Medlin (they/them) 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 across the state of Arizona, 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.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Medlin’s work has been featured in </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Phoenix New Times</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Chicago Tribune</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Afropunk</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Blavity</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, and at the </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">2020 Tucson Poetry Festival</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">. Their Hip-Hop play and album, </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>skinnyblk</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, along with all their previous work, is available online at </span><a href="https://superseanavery.com/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">superseanavery.com</span></span></a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">. </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>808s & Otherworlds: Memories, Remixes, & Mythologies</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> is Medlin’s debut collection of essays and poetry, available in audio and print.</span></p><p><br></p><h3>Q + A<br></h3><p>​<br></p><div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What inspired you to write this book?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">My lived experiences, and the lack of art reflecting that, is what inspired me to write <em>808s & Otherworlds</em>. Stepping into my voice to examine my life, where I was raised, and the conditions of my trauma, helped me realize that I was not alone but still needing to be heard.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What attracted you to this genre?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I've written poetry since I was about 10 or 12; it's mostly a mythology at this point. Rap music was my first poetry teacher, slam poetry my second. As an adult pursuing my childhood passion, I feel that poetry best actualizes my imagination. Though, <em>808s</em> is so many genres.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p></div><div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What book are you currently reading?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I'm currently reading many books: <em>Clay's Ark </em>by Octavia Butler, <em>the blind pig</em> by Aziza Barnes, and<em> The Tradition</em> by Jericho Brown. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Are you writing anything now? If so, when will it come out?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I'm working on my second manuscript. No news on a release date yet; I'm in the lab!</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h4><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">If you weren't a writer, what would you do?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">If I were not a writer, I imagine that I'd be more miserable. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p></div><div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Do you use your local library?  If so, which library is it and what do you do there?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I do use the local library! I go to <a href="/locations/burton-barr">Burton Barr</a> to check out poetry and novels, as well as do whatever work I need to on my laptop. It's an awesome place, I've been going since I was 15!</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></p></div><p> ​<br></p></div></div>

 

 

 

 

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