Big Poppa E is a performer of slam poetry. His live performances combine poetry, stand-up comedy, and dramatic monologue in high-energy rants about relationships, pop culture, and hot button issues of the day.
BPE has appeared on three seasons of HBO's Def Poetry series and is a National Poetry Slam Champion. He has developed a solid reputation as a strong poetry slam host and organizer for events at the National Poetry Slam (NPS), Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS), Southern Fried Poetry Slam, and other similar events at universities across the United States.
His best known work is the performance poem The Wussy Boy Manifesto, a humorous rant championing sensitive men that elevates such cultural icons as Duckie from Pretty in Pink and Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything... to role models. Debuting in 1999, The Wussy Boy Manifesto garnered widespread attention, prompting Ms. Magazine to name Big Poppa E "an icon for effeminate males" and The Los Angeles Times to proclaim him the "leader of a new men's movement."
Big Poppa E often works with the human rights organization Amnesty International and the campus organization Men Against Violence, and has hosted numerous politically-themed poetry slam events and workshops at regional and national Amnesty International conferences across the U.S. He has also been featured at events championing women's issues and sexual assault awareness. He has performed with feminist author Inga Muscio and acclaimed poet and musician Saul Williams.