keith roach
Nuyorican SlamMaster Extraordinaire: 1996 until October 1999

Originally, the Open Room host at the Cafe from 1992 until 1995, Keith began his run as SlamMaster at probably the most crucial point in the development of Nuyorican Slam. The list of poets he has affected and influenced reads like  a "who's who" of definitive slammers.  Alix Olsen, Steve Colman, Roger Bonair Agard, Taalam Acey, Felice Belle, Nathan P,...the list is long.

Keith was an unusual combination of poet, literary observer, and community builder. He was a guiding force behind the Nuyorican Slam scene that we have come to know today.

He is fairly legendary in the slam community, and has played a role in the National scene as well, accompanying the teams from 1994-1999, (except for 1996) and was right there when his National Team won the competition in Austin in 1998. He is the author of "The World Changes at the Expense of Black People" published by Clique Calm Books, and is the Producer and host of  "Eadon's Place", the only 24/7 Poetry/SpokenWord/IndieArtists internet broadcast around. His show is called "Conversations".

Read "The Culture of Slam: Creating Community" by Keith Roach, published in the NYFA Journal 1999.

Email Keith at

Keith's website

Read an article written about Keith as SlamMaster in the NYC Poetry Calendar, circa 1999.

See Open Room Hosts, and 1998 National Team.

Bio Photo by Jay Ward. 

SlamMaster Keith in a pretty happy mood with the First Place trophy won by his 1998 Team at the National Poetry Slam. 


Photo by
Clare Ultimo