Indoctrinated with the 400+ years of the African-American experience, history, culture and art, Avery’s work blends phonetics, linguistics, hymns, jazz and hip hop to depict the politic and inspiring attributes attached to the stories of a people. Dubbed “sunday mornin jook-joint,” his work merges spiritual and secular aesthetics with dramatic and comedic sensibilities. A Cave Canem Fellow, Avery has worked as a teaching artist, mentoring and shaping youth in the craft of creative writing and theatre. He has taught primary and secondary grade levels in education facilities that expand ethnicity, socio-economic characteristics and academic benchmarks. He has written curriculum for Columbia College Chicago, Young Leeds Authors, True Star magazine and Chicago Public Schools Art Integration Department. His curriculum, which spans from “nina (simone) song” to “of mice and gender,” has been used in educational systems through the United States and abroad. His curriculum encourages youth to value their voices and assist teachers with various ways to present Language Art lessons. Avery is champion for such causes as HIV awareness, eliminating misogyny and sexism against women in arts and media, educational reform and art integration inside the workspace. His essays on these various subjects have been published in AIMPrint, The Teaching Artist Journal and swaggerzine. His written work also appears in such anthologies as Callallou, To Be Left With The Body, Warpland, Coon Bidness, Reverie Review, War Diaries, Make Magazine, The Spaces Between Us and Fingernails Across The Chalkboard. Avery has performed in the Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Lollapalooza, WordStock and is featured on such compilations as New World Reveal-A-Solution, Audio Truism, Catfish Haven’s Devastator and New Skool Poetics. He has appeared on BET, MTV, ABC and WGN’s Morning News, and is currently working on a manuscript and music for an upcoming album. Influenced by James Brown, Nina Simone & Gil Scott Heron, young is a man of many talents that he uses to speak stories of turmoil and triumph. His written work is innovative and his performances are energetic.
booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid is a CD archive of sound design that combines song, poetry and interviews that deal with matters of race and politics in America. Referencing packaging and marketing of the “race recordings” of the 1920 ...