Sea Sharp: queer, black, poet.

Gscene Editorial Team February 22, 2020

Sea Sharp

A queer, black poet whose cross-continental writing and performances have been described as ‘a visceral and sonic world of teeth and tornadoes’.

Sea Sharp is a Pushcart Prize-winning poet, author of the Prairie Seed Poetry Prize-winning book The Swagger of Dorothy Gale & Other Filthy Ways to Strut (Ice Cube Press, 2017), and recipient of Arts Council England funding for their first theatrical show, Brother Insect.

Their work is ‘emotively confrontational and politically charged, both on the stage and on the page’.

Their latest collection, Black Cotton (Waterloo Press, 2019), is described as ‘an unflinching and uncompromising effort to illuminate and critique how we mistreat each other and ourselves’ and ‘Black Cotton swoops over the untamed Atlantic to take a deeper, broader and more focused look at the woolly ways in which intolerance is manifested and flourishes. In detangling intergenerational trauma, Black Cotton softens the damage caused by internalised oppression and exposes the shame of normative whiteness.’

An American poet of colour, Sea emigrated to England in 2012 as a “refugee of Kansas,” and says they are “still black, queer and invisible”.

Sea graduated from Kansas State University with qualifications in Creative Writing, Literature, Theatre, and Women’s Studies. Their poems can be found in The Wild Ones, Storm Cellar Magazine, The Great American Literary Magazine, Coe Review and Polychrome Ink, among others.

Sea is one of this months Gscene LGBTQ History Month our trio of creative’s muses.

More Info

To read Sea Sharp’s work, visit their wevsite

See more of Sea’s  in the ‘Exponent Of Breath’ exhibition at Jubilee Library, Brighton, from Monday, February 17, 2020.