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.
PRESS QUOTES   (Scroll for more.) The Funniest Poet in Slam! Hilarious and Empowering!   The Austin Chronicle Exuberantly Defiant!   The New York Times A Spoken Word Maestro!   San Jose Mercury News   An icon!   Ms. Magazine Call it ‘Revenge of the Wussy Boys!’   The Washington Post The Leader of the Wussy Boy Movement!   The Los Angeles Times Legendary!   The Albuquerque Journal Boundless energy and perfect comic timing!   OC Weekly Amazing!   Colorado Spring Independent A new male ideal has risen up and demands respect: Wussy Boy!   The Ottowa Citizen (Canada) Inspiring!   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   (Scroll for more.) Wow! What a show! Certainly the biggest hit of our semester!   Texas State University, San Marcos Uniquely entertaining! Hilarious and engaging all at once!   Amnesty International 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) Incredibly entertaining!   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!   Seattle University 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 A superstar!   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.