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 (avrelseale.wordpress.com), 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
- Baha’i Theology
- 19th century East-Central Texas History
- Crypto-hominology (sasquatch/bigfoot)