kirk nugent
1999 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion

For almost ten years Kirk Nugent has served as a catalyst for change, challenging preconceived notions about success and self-actualization. Kirk started public speaking in poetry venues where he displayed a keen understanding of social and political issues delivered with his signature brand of infectious wit and frenetic energy. Early audiences crowned him “The People’s Poet,” and the stage was set for Kirk to widen his speaking base to include college campuses, key note addresses for Fortune 500 companies, church ministries and empowerment workshops. He has spoken at venues across the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Kirk continues to impact the lives of people from around the world with public speaking engagements, and live appearances, as well as with his book, The Unpopular Truth and CD’s The Unpopular Truth, and I want to Testify, as well as with his highly anticipated guide to self-actualization, Ripple.

Kirk celebrates his Jamaican heritage which has fostered in him the global perspective of “Out of Many One People. “ This perspective is a relentless endorsement of the idea that no matter where you are in the world, the innate right to chase your dreams unites all individuals. This is the philosophy which guides Kirk’s speaking engagements, and inspired Les Brown to proclaim, “Kirk is a poignant speaker who challenges us to step out in faith towards our dreams.”

Besides being named the 1999 Grand Slam Champion, he has also received the 2005 Best Lecture/Poet of the Year, awarded by Winthrop University; the 2004 Best Performing Artist, awarded by Association for The Promotion of Campus Activities; the 2003 Best Spoken Word Artist by Campus Award; the 2001 NAACP National Convention in New Orleans and has appeared on NBC Black History Celebration; CBS “60 Minutes.” He has also opened for the Queen Latifah Show and hosted BET and Def Jam comics. See his site for updates on current projects and performances. To find an even deeper side of the man, please see Kirk Nugent Ministries.

See National Teams/1999 and Grand Slam Finales/1999.