2005 Nuyorican National Slam Team


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big mike

Bitter, Married, Bald and Tired multiply that times 10 and you have BIG MIKE! Big Mike has appeared on Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Season 6, episode 39 and was a member of the 2005 Nuyorican Slam Team. In 2002, he read his first piece at Serengeti Plains in Montclair, NJ. Since then he has performed at colleges and Universities up and down the east coast, at the National... more››


Lauren Brady ("Brady") is a Math Teacher / Department Chair at a public high school in East Harlem, where she facilitates student slams through which poets, rappers, and singers compete for studio time.  Originally from New York, Brady earned her BA in Psychology and published her thesis: From Passionate to Companionate Love: A Two-Factor Model of Romantic-Passion... more››

oveous maximus

Oveous Maximus, born Ove Raphael Salcedo, is a native New Yorker

who's roots go back to the Dominican Republic.  He started writing and performing in New York City in the summer of 2003 after he lost his only brother CARLOS "Ziiinc Blue" to... more››

andrew tyree

Born Andrew Tyree Wilson Clinkscale, in Nuremberg, Germany, Andrew began dancing at the age of four and playing the violin at five. He eventually became the youngest person and the only African American to tour with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and to receive a scholarship to the Milwaukee Conservatory of Music. At fourteen he began modeling for JCPenneys and... more››