A young choreographer who has already produced such provocative, experimental dance works as FLATLAND 2010 and The Flight Attendants, Poe has spent the past several years studying and researching J-Sette—an underground dance form born from Southern drill team and majorette events, and developed socially in gay, African American clubs. The tight and meticulous movements of J-Sette, interrupted by hugely explosive moments, were woven directly into Poe’s Center-funded project, Private Places, which premiered at the 2012 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. In summer 2013, he worked in residence in the city of Neuss, Germany, working on J-Sette choreography with fellow artist Jermone “Donte” Beacham. In the spring of 2014, he performed with choreographer and dancer niv Acosta at AUX Performance Space as part of the Center-funded AUX Curatorial Fellowship Program. Poe received a Center Project grant in 2017 to create Let 'im Move You: This Is a Formation, further exploring J-Sette in contemporary performance. Poe has performed across the US and in Europe and is the founder and co-director of Philadelphia-based dance/theater company idiosynCrazy productions. He holds an MFA in dance from Temple University and currently teaches at Swarthmore College.
Researched and developed over the course of the grant period, Flatland 2010 became Poe's company's (idiosynCrazy productions) first evening-length work. Made in collaboration with 11 dancers, Poe satirically addressed the flatness of human communication in contemporary America, "where the sound byte supersedes substance, and the instant message overpowers the intellectual one." Poe offered two showings of the work-in-progress, which utilized structured audience feedback, led by the dancers after the performance, as a means of audience engagement and as a tool for artistic refinement of the work.