2001 Nuyorican National Slam Team


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malcolm barrett

Malcolm Barrett, a native of New York City, studied at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He recently worked on several NY based television series including "Law & Order" and "The Sopranos", "As the World Turns" and "The Beat". His feature film credits include "King of the Jungle," "Swimfan," and most recently, "The... more››

ainsley burrows

Ainsley Burrows grew up thinking that the road to fulfillment would be paved with Accounting, Finance and Economics textbooks. Luckily for him and poetry aficionados everywhere, he got bitten by the poetry bug and it changed his mind. Drawing inspiration from fiction writers like Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Burrows' poetry takes the reader on trips through... more››

mayda del valle

Mayda del Valle has taken the national spoken word scene by storm. In a few short years she has gone from being virtual unknown to becoming one of the most accomplished and respected voices on the scene, proving her skill as both a writer and performer. With her signature “spitfire”? delivery, Mayda recounts deeply personal narratives steeped with the cadence and beats of Hip Hop.

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courtney martin (Alternate)

Courtney E. Martin is a writer originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her book, "Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body", will be published on Simon & Schuster's Free Press in April and in the UK and Norway in May. Courtney won an alternate spot on the 2001 National Team.

She writes for a range of... more››

jade sharma

The mysterious Jade Sharma is from Indiana, Pennsylvania and has read all over the Tri-State area. Jade has been a regular fixture at Steve Cannon's Tribes and was part of the Marathon Poetry Reading on AIDS in Africa at the Bowery Poetry Club in 2003. She has also performed with Steve Cannon at the legendary CBGBs. Her full length comedy... more››