Sean Petrie is an award-winning poet and author. As a founder of Typewriter Rodeo, Sean has traveled the country writing more than 25,000 poems for people of all walks — from teachers in Texas to lobstermen in Maine, from politicians in Boston to celebrities like Sharon Stone and Billy Collins.

“Sean always lifts the mood.” ~ Naomi Shihab Nye, U.S. Young People’s Poet Laureate

His poetry books include Pet Poems (also not just pets) (2022, IPPY bronze medal), Listen to the Trees (2020, IPPY silver medal), and Typewriter Rodeo (2018). His kids’ books include the Jett Ryder (2021) adventure-history series, as well as several educational books for Fountas & Pinnell.

Sean has an MFA in Writing for Kids from Vermont College and a law degree from Stanford. He teaches creative writing workshops and is a legal writing professor at the University of Texas Law School.

Sean also does weekly radio poems for Austin’s NPR station and his work has appeared in The Texas ObserverDallas Morning News, and other outlets.



Hometown?  I was born in Columbus, OH, and split my childhood between there and Flower Mound, TX.

First Job?  Dressing up as a Care Bear for the Columbus Zoo. (I was the pink one.)

First Halloween Costume?  When I was 3 or 4, my mom asked what I wanted to be for Halloween. I’m still not sure why I replied: “A green mushroom!” (The hat? She made it from a toilet seat cover.)

First Poem?  Somewhere around 1st grade, I started making up poems. Two early ones were about Thanksgiving & Christmas.

First Story?  In 2nd grade, I told my classmates that I’d had my poem about Thanksgiving published in Highlights magazine. Like all stories, it had some truth (the poem was real), and some not so much (the Highlights part wasn’t).

Favorite Book?  The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

Favorite Movie?  Dead Poets Society

Favorite TV Show?  Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Buffy forever!)

First (& Only) Job Dressing Up As a Lottery Number?  I was the number three in the Texas Lotto’s “Pick 3” ad campaign.

Number of typewriters owned?  At least 40…

Dream Job?  Owning a typewriter shop!

Number of tattoos?  Only one (for now) – it’s a tattoo of the main typewriter I use for poem-writing.


The Perks of Being a Book Lover podcast (2022)

KUT Austin “Texas Standard” show (2022)

Author Cynthia Leitich Smith’s “Cynsations” blog (2022)

Voyage Austin magazine (2022)

Vermont College “Wild Things” (2021)

All Ways West Seattle podcast (2021)

Texas Country Reporter TV show (2019)

We Are Austin TV show (2019)

WestSide Seattle magazine (2019)

Author Mindy McGinnis’s podcast (2019)

Author Uma Krishnaswami’s blog (2018)