1997 Nuyorican National Slam Team


roger bonair-agard

Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, a Cave Canem fellow and co-author of "Burning Down the House". He is a two-time National Slam Champion and is co-founder of The louderARTS Project. Roger's work has been widely anthologized and commissioned and he has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam... more››

dot portella

Dot Portella is an actress, teacher, and spoken word artist. Her work has been published in "Sky Scrapers, Taxis, and Tampons" (Fly By Night Press) and "SLAM!" (Alloy Books).  Dot was the host of the Wednesday night SLAM open at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe as well as being a member of the Nuyorican’s 1997 Nuyorican National Slam team.  She earned... more››

brett halsey

The most mysterious member of the 1997 team, information about Brett's recent activities are unknown. We do know that he was and probably still is an amazing poet and that there is an actor named Brett Halsey around who we are sure is NOT our Brett. If you're out there, please email us with an

sarah jones

Sarah Jones is a Tony Award's winning playwright, actor, and poet. Her multi-character solo shows include Bridge & Tunnel, which was originally produced Off-Broadway by Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, and went on to become a critically acclaimed, long running smash-hit on Broadway.

Jonesí career has taken her from a sold-out run at The Kennedy Center to tours of India, Europe and... more››