1990 Nuyorican Grand Slam Finale


The first-ever Grand Slam Finale was held at the Nuyorican on March 23, 1990.

Participant names for the 1990 and 1996 Slam were taken from Bob Holman's journals published in the book "Slam". See 1996 Grand Slam Finales for more on this groundbreaking film and book.

anya achtenberg

Anya Achtenberg is a Fiction Writer; Poet; Teacher of Creative Writing; Manuscript Consultant; Writing Coach; Founder of the Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World Workshops; Writing Workshop Leader Abroad. Please see her website for an extensive view of her work.

paul beatty

I was born in Los Angeles in 1962. Raised on kung fu triple features, samurai movies with no swordplay, V-8, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches from Al's Sandwich Shop, and my mother's frayed paperback library. I write because I'm too afraid to steal, too ugly to act, too weak to fight, and too stupid in math to be a Cosmologist. As a result two volumes of poetry, "Big Bank Take Little Bank" and "Joker, Joker,... more››

denise bell

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bruce isaacson

Bruce Isaacson earned degrees in theater, financial economics, and poetry from Claremont McKenna, Dartmouth, and Brooklyn College, where he submitted a thesis to noted American poet Allen Ginsberg. He is known in the San Francisco Bay area as a poet and publisher of ... more››