indigo
Nuyorican Host circa 1992-1997

Indigo was a regular fixture at the Nuyorican in the early days of Poetry Slam. His off-handed (and left-handed!) style, both as a host and a poet were entirely entertaining and he was a much loved part of the scene. Indigo did host Friday Night Slams while Bob was SlamMaster, but not in any regular fashion and even invented a few Poetry Slam themes (like the Left-Handed Poets Slam), so unlike others in this section, he sort of defies a category.

Still in the process of discovering his recent whereabouts (email and let us know!), here's some stuff that we do know about him: He founded the "Left-Handed Poets", was the constant Scorekeeper of the Slams (that unforgettable voice yelling "28.2" or whatever). He was the "Heckler's Slam" Champion (...an early Slam category), and his poetry can be found in "Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe".

Arthur Higbee wrote in  the "International Herald Tribune" (1993):

"Mr. Indigo, 24, a student at Hunter College, waxed poetic about left-handers. 'I've always had the feeling that left-handed people were more creative,' he told The New York Times. 'They learn at an early age to do everything in the way that right-handed people do, so they need to show initiative.' "

Find the "Tribune" excerpt on: http://www.iht.com/articles/1993/09/22/topics_45.php

Photo by Clare Ultimo/"SlamBook" magazine.