SEA SHARP is a British-American poet, performer, and playwright whose work explores themes of home, trauma, identity and anything else that makes them feel uncomfortable. They are author of Black Cotton (Waterloo Press, 2019) and of the Prairie Seed Poetry Prize winning book, The Swagger of Dorothy Gale & Other Filthy Ways to Strut (Ice Cube Press, 2017). Sharp’s poem “The Tallgrass Shuffles” was selected for The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses XLI (2017) and since 2014, their work has been published in 25 magazines, anthologies, and presses including Polychrome Ink, Crab Fat Magazine and The Guardian.
Having performed their poetry in over 30 events and festivals since 2016, Sea Sharp has “rubbed elbows” with seasoned artists such as Grace Nichols, Travis Alabanza, Dean Atta, Lemn Sissay, Juno Dawson, Disraeli, Chuck SJ, Zena Edwards, Anthony Anaxagorou, Colin Grant, Elba Inez, Kat Francois, and “the grandfathers of hip hop music”, The Last Poets.
With recent grant funding from Arts Council England, “Sea The Poet” continues to push their work, creating art fit for both the page and the stage.
By constructing performance art that makes use of spoken word in ways that are said to be “emotively confrontational and politically charged,” Sharp offers uncompromising critiques on how we continuously mistreat each other, ourselves and our planet.
Sea Sharp has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and Literature, a minor degree in Theatre and another minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies from Kansas State University.
Sea Sharp is visibly black, forever queer and hiding somewhere over the rainbow (near Brighton).