808s & Otherworlds: Memories, Remixes, & Mythologies


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5.28 X 7.4 X 0.71 inches | 0.45 pounds

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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 Anderson. 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.


808s & Otherworlds included in September's Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature.
--Sydney Heidenberg, Lambda Literary (View the full list on Lambda Literary)

808s & Otherworlds named a Most-Anticipated New LGBTQIA+ Books of 2021.
--Paris Close, Paperback Paris (View the full list on Paperback Paris)

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, and Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

In this small book, Medlin's words pack a punch. If you're already familiar with him, you will enjoy catching up to his latest thoughts. If you (like me) are new to his world (Hip Hop) but want to hear what he has to say about issues surrounding BLM and Black culture, just dive into his prose--short bits and poetry meant to evoke an understanding by immersing us in his memories, experiences and observations. I think you'll get a new view of the world from these pages.
--Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore (Spokane, WA)

The 808, as a sound-making machine, creates what some might say is the part of the beat that you can most feel in your chest, in your limbs, the part that leaves you trembling well after the sound departs. It makes sense, then, that what we have here, is a book that does the same. A book that rattles in the mind long after the final word. A book that has a generous dexterity and playfulness in form, but sacrifices nothing in language, in image, in metaphor. Play this one loud and let it shake whatever dormant corners you've got.
--Hanif Abdurraqib, author of A Little Devil in America, Go Ahead in the Rain, and They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

Sean Avery Medlin's 808s & Otherworlds is an exciting glimpse at the future of poetry. Medlin's poems sing and remix layer after layer of cultural references. Their poems are stunning. As a fellow suburbanite, I loved glimpsing Medlin's dystopic suburban Arizona.
--José Olivarez, author of Citizen Illegal

"Like the light of an event horizon, this work races toward and struggles against the gravity of Blackness. Lovechild of Sun Ra and Sailor Moon, Sean Avery Medlin sings into the narrow space between hope and rage, bridging political and pop culture galaxies. If our suburbs have become burnt-out satellites circling a world long lost to racism, this book is our S.O.S., transmitting radio waves for searchers and survivors. What an expansive and timely poetic voice!"
--Amaud Jamaul Johnson, author of Imperial Liquor, Red Summer, and Darktown Follies

A debut of multiverse treasures, 808 & Otherworlds explores the seams between American violence, celebrity, music, desert suburbia, and selfhood--and does so with tender, piercing exuberance. Medlin's hybrid poems dig up the body's public incivilities and private joys. They envision the fertile ground that springs beyond empire."
--Karen Rigby, author of Chinoiserie

808s and Otherworlds, Sean Avery Medlin's debut publication, is an unconventional suburban coming-of-age tale told through an enchanting mixture of written styles. Medlin allows his imagination to run wild in the work and takes the reader along for the journey, honoring and presenting in words the dreams of his youth as a Blackboy growing up in suburban Arizona. Medlin is emblematic of the struggle faced by Black Americans, particularly Black men, to reconcile their interests and personal relationship to their identities with outward perceptions and stereotypes. A hip hop, comics, and anime fanatic, Medlin allows his passions to shine through in the work--multiple pieces signify on Silver Surfer, Hulk, Naruto, and Kanye West respectively. The poems are emotionally vulnerable and honest while maintaining a whimsical rhythm and rhyme pattern throughout... 808s and Otherworlds is a thoroughly original and evocative work from a fresh new literary voice.
--Meghana Kandlur, Seminary Co-op Bookstore (Chicago, IL)