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, while simultaneously freelance writing for area chambers of commerce and reviewing restaurants for Texas Monthly.
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 the next 16 years. From 2011-2015 he served as speechwriter to the president of The University of Texas. He currently is a writer and editor serving the university’s central development and creative services offices.
Between 2006 and the present he has written eight 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, poetry, and infographics on a wide range of subjects. 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.
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. He also is a performing guitarist and singer, currently performing and recording in Austin as half of the duo Moondog.
Subject Matter Expertise:
- Persuasive Writing
- The University of Texas at Austin
- Baha’i Theology
- 19th century East-Central Texas History
- Crypto-hominology / Sasquatch / Bigfoot