TRAVIS SHARP is a poet, editor, book artist, and teacher. He has an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington, Bothell, where he completed his thesis, Love Poems to the Poet's Body. A revision of this thesis is forthcoming as a print book with the publisher and bookstore Knife Fork Book in Toronto, now titled Yes, I am a corpse flower. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where he has taught courses on writing and rhetoric, creative writing, activist writing, professional writing, and 19th, 20th, and 21st century USAmerican literature. His recent research focuses on poetic materialisms. ecopoetics and biopoetics; biopolitics; the politics of aesthetics; race, class, gender, and the avant-garde; and 19th-21st century poetry and poetics.
His chapbook Sinister Queer Agenda came out with above/ground press in the summer of 2018, and an artist's book, one plus one is two ones, was published in late 2018 by Recreational Resources. With Aimee Harrison and Maria Anderson, he co-edited Radio: 11.8.16 (Essay Press, 2017), a curation of responses by Essay Press authors to the 2016 US Presidential election. Other recent publications include poetry in Columbia Poetry Review, The Bombay Gin, LIT, Puerto del Sol, Fact-Simile, and elsewhere. Essays, interviews, and book reviews have appeared with The Operating System, Entropy, and The Conversant.
With funding from the James H. McNulty Chair (Myung Mi Kim), the David Gray Chair (Steve McCaffery), and the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo, he is collaborating with the poet Meagan Wilson on the Plantable Chapbooks series, creating hand-bound poetry chapbooks on letterpress-printed seed paper, making chapbooks designed to be planted and which sprout a variety of wildflowers. Additionally, Travis is a founding member of the [ r ] editorial collective, which published the text and art journal Small Po[r]tions and published chapbooks, artists' books, and broadsides through the micropress imprint Letter [r]. Since 2019, Travis is Executive Editor at Essay Press.
Alongside his MFA cohort and with the guidance of poet and artist Amaranth Borsuk, Travis co-curated Blood of an Author Box, an homage to Eleanor Antin's Blood of the Poet Box, in which collaborators invited writers to contribute a word, as their authorial blood, to a box of slides. These words were later archived to the project website and made available for viewers to use as a database of blood-language in the creation of additional texts.
Travis' art has been exhibited at the Alabama Center for the Arts, the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts, and Gallery 1412 in Seattle, WA. Chapbooks and artists' books include Small Po_tions #1, a small collection of poetry by Travis, Maged Zaher, Samar Abulhassan, Jeanne Heuving, and Christina Montilla, published by Letter [r]; the JUNK MAIL CHAPS series and FEARHEAR GESTHARE URESHARM HEREHIRE, released during an exhibition at Gallery 1412; and a number of small books and art objects produced for poetry readings.