Sean is a writer, editor, and designer living in Austin, Texas. He received a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature with a focus on nonfiction writing from the University of Chicago. His writing has appeared in Pitchfork, Newcity, The Hypocrite Reader, and elsewhere.
Sean spent three years teaching English in the city of Ogaki, Japan, before moving to Austin in 2012. Shortly thereafter he founded fields magazine. fields was a nationally acclaimed and internationally distributed arts journal produced biannually from 2013 to 2018. In 2019, fields transitioned to online publication.
As the editor in chief of fields, Sean has hosted many cultural events, including readings, concerts, and art exhibitions. He has served as a panelist at the Writers’ League of Texas’ annual conference and moderated a nonfiction panel at the Texas Book Festival. He was invited to curate the ICOSA collective’s debut show at their Canopy gallery, and he recently curated a show of outsider artist Mark Renner’s work at Big Medium’s Creative Standard gallery.
A self-taught graphic designer, Sean was responsible for the print design of fields and many of its flyers and posters. Working with designers to create the journal’s website taught him the importance of interaction design. Sean took two interaction design courses via The University of Texas at Austin and IBM before applying to AC4D.
Sean currently works as an Assistant Director of Development at The University of Texas at Austin, where he serves as a grant writer for STEM programs on campus, the Wildflower Center, the College of Fine Arts, and the School of Nursing. He plays music with the band Distant Future and enjoys swimming, biking, hiking, and the arts.
Today marks the last day of AC4D Orientation. I entered the week thinking things would start off nice and slow—we’d get to know each other, talk about the courses we’d study, some overview of topics, maybe a brief introduction to the skills and techniques we’d be learning. We did do all of that, but it wasn’t…