Ray Sharp writes poems that come to him on walks through the wooded hills of the rural, rugged and remote Michigan Western Upper Peninsula region. He knew he wanted to be a writer when he read Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion while spending a wet and miserable winter in Oregon; he discovered poetry reading Federico Garcia Lorca's Bodas de sangre while earning a B.A. in Spanish with an emphasis in literature at the University of Colorado.
Ray juxtaposes the details of the natural world and personal narratives with fragments of interior monologue that transcend the textural surfaces to expose the raw human qualities that lie beneath. Ray was the featured poet at the June issue of Contemporary American Voices. His poems have appeared at Vox Poetica, qarrtsilini, Astropoetica, Dead Mule, Poetry Breakfast, Misfits' Miscellany, Caper Journal, Eclectic Flash and Art Spark. Ray posts new work at RaySharp.Wordpress.com.