Sean Avery Medlin (he/they) — recipient of the nation’s only full-tuition Hip-Hop & Spoken Word scholarship, First Wave (University of Wisconsin-Madison) — lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and 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, and their work’s been featured in Afropunk, Blavity, the 2018–2019 Chicago Hip-Hop Theater Festival, and the 2020 Tucson Poetry Festival. They are the creator of the Hip-Hop play and album, skinnyblk. 808s & Otherworlds: Memories, Remixes, & Mythologies is Medlin’s debut collection.