While growing up in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia, Travis realized one thing. He realized that in order to make it out, you have to make it up. That's where his love of writing came from. While most of his friends were hustling, in jail, or dying around him, Travis stayed true to the things that mattered most in his life, his family and his writing. But he gave it up for the love of a woman. A broken heart has forced his hand, causing this modern day Shakespeare to write again.
Now writing only as The Black Poe, Travis has authored what is widely being considered a controversial urban masterpiece, Poison Ivy. Travis hopes that Poison Ivy will do for the African Americans in the literary world what actors like Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman have done for African American actors.