1999 Nuyorican National Slam Team


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taalam acey

Taalam Acey may be the hardest working spoken word artist of his generation. He's published a novel, a comprehensive collection of poems, an award winning memoir and 9 spoken word CDs. Taalam has been a full time traveling poet since 1999. Tens of thousands of people own his work and many, many more have seen his performances. Acey performs regularly in more than 50 cities in the US and... more››

felice belle (Alternate)

Felice is a poet, playwright and artist educator. She holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University and an MA in Creative Writing and Performance from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. In 2006, she was selected as one of the Real Hot 100, an annual list that celebrates positive young women who are breaking barriers and making a... more››

lamar hill

Lamar Hill was one of only four acts in the country scheduled to perform at the Official Kings of Poetry. He is the Def Poetry Jam Champion, Philly. He was one of only four poets in the country to be selected by Susan Taylor (editor of Essence Magazine) to perform at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Besides being a member of the 1999 Nuyorican National Slam Team, he was a member... more››

kirk nugent

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... more››

faraji salim

Faraji Salim is considered one of the Hip Hop Industry’s first Spoken Word moguls.  As a member of the Def Jam family, Salim is taking full advantage of his status.  Salim is the Founder and CEO of his own Boutique Record Label as well as the National Founder and Executive Director of the Spoken Word Grammy Recording Academy (SWANARAS), a subsidiary of The Grammy Awards... more››