1999 Nuyorican Grand Slam Finale


Except for Staceyann Chin, poets submitted these bios to me for the 1999 Finale Program, so they may not reflect projects and accomplishments since that time. See each individual listing for more recent links and projects.

taalam acey

Taalam Acey was born Mtaalamu Weusi (Black Scholar) Acey. He is a native of Newark, NJ where he attended Rutgers University and earned a BS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance. He has been penning lyrics since he was nine years old. Currently he is a favorite performer at The Poet’s... more››

felice belle

Felice Belle, a Mt. Vernon NY native, graduated from Columbia University with a BS in Industrial Engineering in 1997, but what she really wants to do is write. She is a poet first  and foremost. She has performed at various venues including the Apollo... more››

staceyann chin

Staceyann Chin has done so much incredible work since this night long ago at the Nuyorican, including starring in the Tony award-winning "Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam on Broadway", that we must ask you to see her website and read her long list of credits, projects  and accomplishments for yourself.

kamal symonette-dixon

Kamal Symonette-Dixon (Actor/ Writer) is a native of New York City.  He has a BA in English from Morehouse College and a M.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University.  In just a short amount of time upon arriving to Los Angeles (January 16, 2005) Kamal was able to create a major buzz in the Hollywood comedy scene.  Within just a year of featuring his live sketch comedy show entitled “KSD’s Chicken &... more››

kirk nugent

Political, hard hitting, and thought provoking, Kirk Nugent is a spoken word icon. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica,  Kirk migrated to the US in 1983 and graduated from Union County College... more››