Stephen Sharpe. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, Black American Political Action Committee.
Most days, long-time Richmond resident Stephen Sharpe, 25, can be found at the local Mechanics Bank branch where he works as a corporate banking senior specialist.
What most of his clients don’t know, however, is that this banker is a performance poet and has written more than 300 poems .
To showcase his lyrical talent, Sharpe attends popular poetry events in Oakland such as the Open Mic night at the Air Lounge or Golden State Slam at the Grand Avenue Coffee House.
Call him a banker by day and penman by night.
“I began performing in 2009 and got to know some great poets who do it professionally. They gave me tips, strategies and challenged my writing style,” Sharpe said. “I write about lessons I’ve learned in relationships and my observations of others, as I am a people watcher.”
Sharpe hopes to publish some of his works by year’s end. In the meantime he is busy writing and preparing to copyright his works, including one of his favorites: “Origins of a Love Poet.”
Poetry aside, he is also pursuing his financial interests. Sharpe plans to relocate this summer to attend University of Notre Dame, where he will seek a master’s degree in business administration.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.