BIG POPPA E is a three-time veteran of HBO’s Def Poetry and National Poetry Slam Champion who melds rhythmic verse, stand-up comedy, and dramatic monologue into explosive works that skewer pop culture, politics, and the tangle of pain and beauty in relationships. He has been called “the funniest poet in slam” by The Austin Chronicle.
BPE's musings have led to appearances on BET’s The Way We Do It sketch comedy series, National Public Radio, and CBS’s 60 Minutes (although, truth be told, he was only on for about three seconds... but still... have you been on 60 Minutes? Yeah, didn't think so.)
Big Poppa E burst onto the slam scene as a member of the ‘99 San Francisco Poetry Slam Team, co-champions of the ‘99 National Poetry Slam in Chicago and the only undefeated team out of 48 that year. The piece he performed on the finals stage — ¡The Wussy Boy Manifesto! — has since become a rallying cry for outcasts, dorks, dweebs, and feebs everywhere, leading Ms. Magazine to proclaim him “an icon for effeminate males” and The Los Angeles Times to declare him “the leader of the new Wussy Boy movement.”
Big Poppa E has toured relentlessly on the spoken word highway since 2000, when he did 65 gigs across 27 states in just under four months. In the summer of 2003 alone, he logged over 21,000 miles on his ‘99 Ford Windstar mini-van, which retired after 200,000 miles. BPE has headlined at 80+ universities and performed 200+ poetry slam features in 45 states (including Hawaii and Alaska). Along the way, BPE's tours have generated 100+ stories in newspapers, magazines, and websites in the US, Canada, England, and Australia.
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The Funniest Poet in Slam!
Hilarious and Empowering!
The Austin Chronicle
The New York Times
A Spoken Word Maestro!
San Jose Mercury News
Call it ‘Revenge of the Wussy Boys!’
The Washington Post
The Leader of the Wussy Boy Movement!
The Los Angeles Times
The Albuquerque Journal
Boundless energy and
perfect comic timing!
Colorado Spring Independent
A new male ideal has risen up and
demands respect: Wussy Boy!
The Ottowa Citizen (Canada)
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
I love this!
The Utne Reader
One of the leaders in the hottest
thing to hit poetry since ‘Howl!’
The Daily Oklahoman
To poetry what the Sex Pistols
were to rock and roll!
The Sacramento Bee
Big Poppa E’s words are so eloquent, so modern, so witty, funny, honest, angry, legit — just so very, very right on — he’s amazing!
The Colorado Springs Independent
Big Poppa E is like a tongue-twisting Napoleon of open-aired emotion, sexual libido and in-your-face self-consciousness — a suburban Woody Allen hopped up at the mall.
The Chico News & Review
LETTERS OF REFERENCE
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Wow! What a show! Certainly
the biggest hit of our semester!
Texas State University, San Marcos
Uniquely entertaining! Hilarious
and engaging all at once!
Absolutely amazing! Hilarious!
Loyola University, Chicago
Among the most successful events the Student Finance Committee has funded this year. The performance area was packed!
Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO)
University of Southern California
A total success — it rocked!
University of New Mexico
Amazing! A blast! We still have
students talking about it!
Western Illinois University
The crowd reaction was wonderful!
University of Kentucky
Your poetry kept the crowd
entranced the whole night!
Such a memorable event!
We are all thoroughly impressed!
University of California, Irvine
You allowed us to see how
engaging poetry can actually be!
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
A terrific performance artist!
Pioneer High School (Ann Arbor, MI)
The students were dazzled!
University of Alaska, Southeast
Absolutely the greatest thing
to happen at our school!
Clyde High School (Clyde, TX)
Entertaining, compelling, and thought provoking! Texas A&M Your passion, energy,
and wit made a big impact on our campus!
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Hendrix College (Conway, AR)
AN UMBRELLA BIG ENOUGH FOR THE BOTH OF US:
ONE YEAR OF DAILY HAIKU
A delightfully-designed compilation of 1,674 haiku
from a year-long project involving Big Poppa E and two poet friends.
This thick tome includes 140 illustrations by Big Poppa E.
THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD (1980-2013)
Everything performance poet Big Poppa E has ever written collected in one 614-page hardback book with a gorgeous casewrap cover designed by BPE himself. Includes a 60-page commentary section covering each poem and the stories behind them. Uncut, uncensored, and many unreleased works.
BIG POPPA E’S GREATEST HITS
This newly-minted second edition features
7 new poems and a snazzy redesigned cover. The work inside is filled with dynamic spoken word poetry perfect for use in high school and college speech competitions, and each specially-selected piece is appropriate for all occasions in terms of theme and language.