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 was published in 2021 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 English at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where he is part of the Poetics Program, and where he has taught courses on writing and rhetoric, creative writing, activist writing, professional writing, and 19th - 21st century USAmerican literature. His recent research focuses on poetic materialisms; ecopoetics, biopoetics, and biopolitics; the politics of aesthetics; race, class, gender, and the avant-garde; and post-1865 US 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. Travis was 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.