Growing Pains: Storytelling with Nikki Allen Poe


By Kenneth Lipp

I’ve written quite a bit about local activist-convict-politician-comedian Nikki Allen Poe – he’s a good friend of mine, and I worked as his campaign manager during his run for Philadelphia City Council. I’ve covered and worked with Poe because I think he’s a good guy and funny as hell.

Poe appeared in Tell Me a Story: Growing Pains, an “evening of storytelling” at Shot Tower Coffee on September 17th. His routine is a 5 minute bio of his past 5 years, from capricious mid-twenties, through Occupy Philly, to the infamous Smokedown Prohibition events at Independence Mall and the recent success of Councilman Jim Kenney’s marijuana decriminalization bill, which Poe helped to conceive and push through.

It’s funny and well worth the watch. Check Poe out.

About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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