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Avrel Seale

Avrel Seale grew up in McAllen, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s of science in radio-TV-film from The University of Texas at Austin in 1989. Returning to the Rio Grande Valley, he became a newspaper reporter and a columnist for the McAllen daily The Monitor.

In 1992, he returned to Austin and became assistant editor of the UT alumni magazine, The Alcalde. The following year he became the magazine’s editor, a role in which he served for 16 years. From 2011-2015 he served as speechwriter to the president of The University of Texas. Since 2015, he has been a writer and editor in the university’s news, marketing, and development offices.

Between 2006 and the present he has written nine books including memoir, humor, fiction, spirituality and religious philosophy, and history. Dude: A Generation X Memoir, was included in the Austin American-Statesman’s Best Books of 2008. He wrote and co-produced the independent feature film The Secret of Suranesh. He also authors an eclectic blog, The Trailhead (, which features his essays on a wide range of subjects and poetry. His writing can also be found on other blogs related to the Baha’i Faith, a subject on which he has given numerous public talks.

In 2017, his memoir Monster Hike: A 100-Mile Inquiry Into the Sasquatch Mystery was published by Anomalist Books to positive reviews. In 2018, Seale survived a major hemorrhagic stroke that left him partially disabled. His account of the experience, With One Hand Tied Behind My Brain: A Memoir of Life After Stroke, will be published by TCU Press in fall 2020.

He and his wife, Kirstin, have three sons. He is the son of writer Jan Seale, the 2012 Texas Poet Laureate, and the late composer and conductor Carl Seale, of McAllen.

Subject Matter Expertise:

  • Persuasive Writing
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • Stroke
  • Baha’i Theology
  • 19th century East-Central Texas History
  • Crypto-hominology (sasquatch/bigfoot)

4 comments on “Bio

  1. Dear Mr Seale, I am working for an Protestant Institute of relicious education in Germany. We are planning material for teachers, especially about fasting in different religions. I found your infographic about the Baha’i Religion ( I want to ask you for the permission of use for Publishing this infographic in paper prints (no digital Edition) with about 2,000 copies. We are no Commercial Institute, we will give the prints for free to teachers of religious education. Yours cincerely Harald Becker

  2. Richard Spalding says:

    I just listened to you on where did the road go.I really enjoyed them. I have been interested in the subject of Bigfoot my whole life . I watched the six million dollar man back in the 70s and Bigfoot was my favorite part of the show! As I grew up I thought it was just a hoax ! But I don’t think that is the case any more!There have been things that I have seen and heard that I can’t explain. In November of 2001 while deer hunting I found a single toddlers foot print on a cold day on a logging road in southern NH, it wasn’t remote but there was no reason a bare foot toddler should have been there. I have had two other encounters I can’t explain one about 20 miles north of Skowheegan Me. That same year and another in 1992 the day after Christmas on the Plum Island reservation in Newburyport Ma, oddly enough! The Bfro has a report back in the70s in that same area. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with you that the more you look at the evidence .there has to be something there. I look forward to reading your book.

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