Sean Petrie is an award-winning poet, author, and professor.

As a founder of Typewriter Rodeo he’s written more than 20,000 poems for people all across the country. Like this–


“Sean always lifts the mood.”

~ Naomi Shihab Nye, U.S. Young People’s Poet Laureate

Sean’s kids’ books include Pet Poems (also not just pets) and its companion workbook, Pet Poems Plus: How to write your own poems about pets (Moonbeam Children’s Award), as well as the Jett Ryder 4-book sports adventure series (JollyFish Press), and numerous educational books for Fountas & Pinnell.

His adult books include Typewriter Rodeo (Andrews McMeel Universal), Cracked & Broken (Burlwood), and Listen to the Trees (Documentary Media; Independent Publisher Award).

Sean has an MFA in Writing for Kids from Vermont College, a law degree from Stanford, and a Plan II degree from the University of Texas (where he co-founded the Camp Texas program). He teaches creative writing workshops and is a writing professor at the University of Texas.

You can hear Sean’s weekly radio poems on Austin NPR and his work has appeared in The Texas ObserverDallas Morning News and other outlets. He owns a metric ton of typewriters.



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.


Austin SCBWI (2022)

CanvasRebel magazine (2022)

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)