Eric Christopher Webb (E.WEBB?!), multitalented writer, performer, educator and social entrepreneur, has also been featured in movies, music videos, commercials and literary documentaries on HBO, BET Weekend’s Evening of Spoken Word, BET’s Rap City, Video Jukebox, The Party Machine, The Learning Channel, Voice of America and XM Radio.
Webb began his literary journey at Lincoln University in PA, where he walked in the footsteps of literary giants like Langston Hughes, Melvin B. Tolson, J. Saunders Redding, Oscar Brown, Jr., Ja A. Jahannes, Everett Hoagland and Gil Scott-Heron. While there, he received a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism, having served as president of the Melvin B. Tolson Society, editorial advisor and columnist of the student newspaper, The Lincolnian and was awarded several literary honors there, including named Poet Laureate of the Year.
The National Black Authors Tour bestselling author has written five books, including Coming of Age: The Waking of Sleeping Giants, Recipe for Revolution, Love Letters, Death Threats & Suicide Notes: new and selected poems and essays (1991-1998), which also included a foreword from “Brother to the Night” scribe Reggie Gibson of the hit movie, Love Jones, P: Writings of Love, Passion & Eroticism and his debut novel, The Garvey Protocol: Inspired By True Events, a 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Award for First Fiction finalist. He has also contributed to numerous anthologies, journals and magazines.
Webb is a former member of The Endangered Species, a critically-acclaimed, Black ritual art ensemble, featuring poet, Sage Berlin, saxophonist, Todd Ledbetter, opera tenor, Robert Pruitt and later, African drummer, Kefa Ab Menaunk Maat. Both Webb and Berlin, who were also members of the Kuntu Writers Workshop under the tutelage of poet, playwright Rob Penny, also toured Pittsburgh Public Schools as part of the poetry theatre troupe, “I Dream A World: African American History Through Poetry,” the brainchild of Dr. Linda Watkins Richardson.
As a spoken word artist, Webb has opened for the legendary poets Sonia Sanchez, Sekou Sundiata and the Last Poets as well as Grammy award-winning artist Jeffrey Osborne, jazz great, Jean Carne, actor Clifton Powell, and also co-starred and toured in the spoken word theatre productions, “For Black Coffeehouse Poets Who Believe Their Shyt Really Matters?!,” “To Be Young, Gifted & Black Wit’ Rap,” “Baby Mama Drama” and “Wade In the Water.”
Webb also worked as journalist in Pittsburgh, Pa., Warren, Ohio and then finally in Washington, D.C., as a Washington News Correspondent for Thomson Newspaper, before he founded the short-lived national Black men’s magazine, SOULS: A Deeper Vision in 1996. He also wrote the nationally-syndicated column, “Soul Searching” on issues of race, culture and conscience.
He has also taught at the Graduate School, USA, Prince George’s Community College, Temple University PASCEP, Alternative Learning Institute and served as a visiting artist and speaker at numerous universities, colleges and national conferences across the country. In addition, he has served as two-term board president of the former Literacy Council of Prince George’s County, president of the Prince George’s County (MD) Council of Big Brothers & Big Sisters and served on its National Capital Area board as well as maintained numerous other board memberships.
In 2006, Webb founded the Khepera Center for Expression & Social Change, a paradigm-shifting for profit institution whose mission is to establish a community of creative problem-solvers and social change agents that capitalizes on the transformative and healing powers of expression and the Arts.
Over the years, he has received consecutive fellowships and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Institute on Reading, Writing & Civic Education and its Institute on Media and American Democracy. He also received a fellowship and pursued graduate studies through Howard University’s African American Males into Teaching Program and additional fellowships from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism’s Midwest Newspaper Workshop for Minorities, Thomson Newspapers, the Freedom Forum’s Paul Miller Washington Reporting Program and Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE).
In addition, he is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including two Thomson Awards of Excellence and an Associated Press Regional Award – all for team coverage, The Living of a Legacy Award, Black Achiever’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Writing Profession, both Lincoln University’s ACT 101 and its School of Humanities’ Alumni Recognition Awards as well as recognized for lifetime achievement at the 2014 Philadelphia Black Poetry Honors.
Webb is listed in Madison’s Who Who Among Executives and Professionals, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Who’s Who Among Writers, Editors & Poets (U.S. and Canada), International Who’s Who In Poetry and Poet’s Encyclopedia (International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England), International Directory of Distinguished Leadership and Outstanding Young Men of America.