Residing in Newark by-way-of Camden, NJ, Sean Battle is the combination of an ambitious mother and pro wrestling antics. His service in the arts is to carve out worlds for when there is nowhere else for him and others to reside.
The holder of an MFA in poetry and BA in English from Rutgers University—where he was also President and Open Mic Host for the poetry group, Verbal Mayhem—Battle is the author of three self-published full-length collections: HAPPY ENDINGS ARE EARNED (2021), PROFESS (2018) and THE FOREST OF BRICKS (2015), with poems also found in various journals including Radius: from the Center to the Edge, The Legendary, FreezeRay Poetry,
Journal Of New Jersey Poets, and more.
Stages he has performed include Newark Arts Festival, Lincoln Park Music Festival and Dodge Poetry Festival as well as opening for poets Patricia Smith at NJPAC and Jasmine Mans at Newark Symphony Hall.
Currently, Battle is the Founder and CEO of EvoluCulture Ventures, a Newark-based performing arts organization aimed to hold space for artists and art lovers. He is also host and producer of its flagship show, Evolution Dopen Mic. Through EvoluCulture, Battle was a recipient of the Newark Arts Creative Catalyst Fund, Lincoln Park Music Speaks grant, and a Communicator Award for the documentary “Speak Poet Speak.” Learn more at EvoluCulture.com.