Eric "E-Baby" Smith started his love for writing poetry as a child. It was a skill
that stayed deep inside of him, coming out periodically, but never permanently. In July of 2000, he heard poetry from his
radio; Justine Love & Todd B. [WPGC 95.5] were hosting their Thursday night Love Talk & Poetry Cafe'. Once again,
E’s words began to decorate the paper, and the minds of those who’ve read or heard them. He's opened concerts
for R&B artist Me’shell N’degeOcello (7/14/02); Musiq Soul Child & Jaguar Wright (8/18/02); Heather
Headley (3/6/03); Kevon Edmunds (9/20/03); Lyfe jennings (4/30/08); and Teedra Moses (7/28/14) when their tours stopped
in Maryland and Washington, DC.
After releasing his gift of writing poetry to microphones in the Washington DC area,
E-baby has become the 2001 BlackWordsOnLine.com/Howard University Grand Slam Champion in Washington, DC; the 2002 Poetology
3rd Place Winner in Baltimore, MD; a 2003 Nuyorican Semi-Finalist
in New York, NY; the 2nd Place winner at the 2005 Capital Jazz Festival in Columbia, MD; and the Vicious Thursday’s
Weekly Poetry Competition Winner (Aug. 8, 15, 22, & Sept. 5, 2002).
In November 2004, E-Baby released his freshman
CD, "My Thoughts Are In This Ink"; and in November 2010, his sophomore CD "Inktoxicated"
was released. Both CDs bring the poetry event to your ears with poems that are acapella, poems with everyday noises, poems
with a single instrument, and poems accompanied with a musical track done by some of Virginis, Maryland & DC's finest
underground producers. The CDs have other artist [Picassa, Maxwell the Poet, Cala Lilly, DJtao (also produced tracks), and
Chelsea to name a few] doing their original works. So, you get more than just E-Baby. [purchase on CD/BOOK page].
In October 2014, his self published book, "HAIKU-N-U, was
realeased through LuLu.com. The love for writing haiku (short Japanese poems that are written in 3 lines, 17 syllables),
was introduced to him by a fellow poet, JusMe. E-Baby considers him his 'poetical haiku sensei'. [purchase
on CD/BOOK page].
2011 National Undergrounp Spokenword & Poetry Awards [NUSPA]: Male Spoken
Word Artist of the Year
2012 National Undergroup Spokenword
& Poetry Awards [NUSPA]: Haiku of the Year.
Poetry Awards [TN]: Poet of the Year
2014 Spokenword Billboard
Awards: Spoken word Award Hot100 Top Ranking Artist of the Year
He hosts an
open-mic night at Busboys and Poets [625 Monroe St., NE; Wash., DC] every first Monday of the month ...&... at Busboys
and Poets [5331 Baltimore Ave.; Hyattsville,
MD] every 4th Thursday of the month. You can find all information for this
event on the DATES & LINKS page.
In October 2002, he met his agent Tracy Wiggs [Jus Wiggin Entertainment; www.juswiggin.com].
This combination of agent & poet launched E-Baby's 2003-04 "1-Poet Poetical Tour" (first show - Virginia Commonwealth
University). The tour touched colleges and universities in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Tennessee,
New York, Maryland, and his home state of Virginia. His 2004-05 tour reached campuses in Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana,
Colorado, and Arkansas. His 2005-06 tour was full of encore performances from schools that featured him early in his poetical
career. His 2006-07 tour blanketed the Pennsylvania State University campuses (Harrisburg, York,
New Kinsington, etc); along with other colleges and universities in the state. The year 2008, took his poetry to the midwestern
states of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. In 2013 the west coast states of California and Washington are on his
agenda, [check the DATES page for a show near you.]
E-Baby’s future in poetry, quote: "This has been with me since I formed my first ABC’s; poetry
is me - the beginning, the now, the end."