Sean Petrie is the award-winning author of poetry books Listen to the Trees and Typewriter Rodeo. His books for kids include the upcoming Jett Ryder series, as well as several educational books for Fountas & Pinnell.
Sean has an MFA in Writing for Kids from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a law degree from Stanford. He teaches writing workshops for kids & adults, and also teaches legal writing at the University of Texas Law School.
As a founding member of Typewriter Rodeo, he has written over 20,000 poems all across the country — like this:
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1st Halloween costume
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.