E, Big Poppa E to Clayton Eshleman
Big Poppa E
Big Poppa E, aka Eirik Ott, was a member of the San Francisco Slam Team that tied for the championship at the 1999 National Poetry Slam, & is most famous for his “Wussy Boy Manifesto.”
Native American writer of poetry, novels and children’s literature, she was the wife of Michael Dorris, who comitted suicide in 1997. Her poetry collections are Jacklight and Baptism of Desire. Salon’s interview with her is entitled “The Creative Instinct.”
Heavy hitter from the Black Mountain school and beyond mountain rock, Eshleman goes farther back even than Rothenberg in tracing the origins of poetry -- that is, to the Paleolithic age itself.