Harold Branch: From Hardship to Poetic Inspiration
Harold Branch, is sometimes affectionately known as HB or Homebase. Or as he says in one of his most well-known poems, “I am the Kaiser Sozer of falling down.” This mini biography invites you to explore the transformative path that led Harold from adversity to becoming a prominent figure in Phoenix’s vibrant creative community.
Harold Branch’s early years were marked by challenging family circumstances and the hurdles of navigating life as a young man. Growing up, he faced obstacles that resulted in him leaving high school without completing his education. However, in the face of adversity, Harold’s determination and resilience prevailed.
Fortuitously, a ray of hope emerged when Harold discovered an opportunity through the Genesis West program at EMCC (Estrella Mountain Community College). This program provided a chance for individuals who had previously dropped out of high school to simultaneously earn their diploma while pursuing a college degree. It was within this transformative environment that Harold found his calling and began his journey towards self-discovery and poetic expression.
As a key figure within Phoenix’s creative community, Harold Branch is the visionary founder of HomeBase Poetry (and promotion company Good Energy Productions), a groundbreaking open mic poetry event that has become one of the largest of its kind in the country. HomeBase Poetry serves as a haven for artists to share their voice, connect with like-minded individuals, and find solace in the power of spoken word.
With his magnetic stage presence and lyrical prowess, Harold captivates audiences with his poignant and thought-provoking performances. His words carry the weight of his personal experiences, serving as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and an invitation for others to embrace their own unique narratives.
Harold Branch’s journey from hardship to poetic inspiration is a testament to the transformative power of art and the human capacity for growth and triumph. Through his creative endeavors and tireless dedication, he continues to uplift and empower individuals within his community and beyond.