Avery R. Young

avery r. young has been a staple in the spoken word community since 1996. His style of writing, singing and performance is labeled "Sunday Mornin' Jook-Joint." His blend of spoken word, song, jazz, gospel and chant distinguishes him from any other performance artist on the scene today.

avery has traveled throughout the country and internationally performing with the likes of; Gwendolyn Brooks, Roy Ayers, Mos Def, Les Nubians, Sharon Bridgforth, Staceyann Chin, Jill Scott, Ugochi, Billy Branch, amongst others.

His work as a teaching artist and mentor for schools and community organizations has made him not only an artist but also advocate for such social dilemmas like HIV, domestic violence and education reform.

avery has appeared and work has been featured at The Museum of Contemporary Art, House of Blues, BET, WGN Morning News, MTV, VH1, Kevin's Room 2, The Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Dance Africa, Lalapollza, Wordstock, A New World Reveal-A-Solution, Denizen Kane, New Skool Poetics, World Can't Wait and Taste of Chicago.

He edited Abstractvision and is a columnist for Say What Magazine. His also has been featured in Today's Black Woman, Make Magazine, Teaching Artist Journal and Blacklist.

He is the creator and choreographer of his one man show, me n em: cullud boi schitz. He is the author or lookin fo/words that rhyme: the un- spoken word of avery r. young (FayeRic) and is currently working on an album of original music and performing with his band The Urban Griot Movement.

Avery R. Young performs at The Chicago Temple on October 27.