We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Welch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sean, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
What makes me happy is writing. I write when I’m happy, to make myself happy, hell I write about when I was last happy. It’s just the release of emotions that I may have had bottled up. Just to get whatever it is off of my chest is relieving. “Waiting to Exhale” really is a thing, I just do it (exhale) when I write.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from the rest is that I tell a different narrative than the rest of the poets out in this industry. A lot of the poets from today never really shine light on the emotions and feelings of men, black men especially. We as men, are always portrayed as the strong person, taught to hide feelings hide emotions never feel those most vulnerable moments when in all reality we DO feel those things as well. We’re emasculated if we do choose to show that side, feel those things, express that side to the public and we should not be taught to feel less than if we do. We shouldn’t be told that part of us is wrong. So with my poetry I make it a point to express exactly how I feel. I talk about the heartbreaks, the anger of growing up as a black man, the fear that I have living in a world where my future children will be judged or discriminated against all because of the color of their skin. I actually made up a genre that I categorize my poetry in; I call it “Mixtape Poetry” because in music artists aren’t regulated or censored on their mixtapes. They say exactly how they feel, I take that same mentality with my poetry. I’m most proud of my podcast that I created almost 2years ago now. “KINGRadio” was created in reaction to Nicki Minaj’s “QUEEN Radio”. I like what she did with the show so I made my own version. It’s uncensored, completely raw ideas on the world today, poetry, interviews with other poets, creatives, entrepreneur’s etc. I think of my show as a “mixtape” for us creatives. No topic is off limits, no opinions are off limits. We address everything, My show allows other individuals to promote their own works and projects.
My journey here has not been the easiest. When I actually started writing poetry I was in a group in the city of Charlotte, NC. My management team at the time had placed me on tour with the group and we would travel to local cities between North Carolina and Virginia. It was fun, but they decided what was performed. And I do not like to be told what to perform on my set when these two people didn’t help me write anything. Nobody has ever wrote anything for me so what gave them the right to tell me what I could and couldn’t perform on stage? So I left from their management group and found a few people from my college that loved and understood my writing, They managed me for 3years before I moved here to Denver last year. I had to find people that understood my vision for my career, and how I wanted to reach my audience. With my new management team, I was able to headline my own poetry tours and reach more people than just two states.
I learned to trust my heart and let it lead me to where I need to be. There is nothing that can stop you. If you want it, go get it. A lot of people will try and tell you what to do and how to do it but if it doesn’t sit well with you, then you need to do or say what’s right. I want the world to know that it is perfectly fine being rebellious. It is perfectly fine not following every rule. As long as you are being true to yourself and actually following your dreams then that is all that matters.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend Raven was visiting, I’d take her to 16th Street and me and my wife’s favorite wing place in Aurora, “Golden Flame Wings” and take her to see the mountains in CO Springs. I’ve only been here for a year and I believe that me an my wife have tried to site see and eat a lot and I would take Raven to one restaurant that makes me feel closer to NY, where I call home, the restaurant is called Jamaican Grille. It is amazing!!! Really good authentic food and great alcohol. We would go to the Cheyenne Mt. Zoo and though I haven’t been to Elitch Gardens yet, I would take her there too.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ll dedicate this to my wife, and my readers. I honestly could not do this without the support of my wife, who pushed me to continue to pursue my dreams and my readers who really understand and encourage me to do more of ME.