2001 Nuyorican Grand Slam Finale


Poets submitted these bios to me for the 2001 Finale Program, so they may not reflect projects and accomplishments since that time. See each individual listing for more recent links and projects.

mayda del valle

We had to go to press with this 2001 program before Mayda could get her bio in at the time, so please see 2001 Grand Slam Champions and 2001 National Team for her recent bio.


Heru Ptah has been writing and performing for over 4 years. He recently released his first book Love, God, and Revolution to a great response. He has been featured at the world famous Apollo Theatre many times and has been a huge voice in support of Mumia Abu Jamal, performing at several major functions including "Millions for Mumia" and the 1997 “International Tribunal to Free Mumia".  Heru strives to... more››


Born in Bedsty, Brooklyn, Natural is a proud father who teaches pre-school by day and is a freelance artist and writer by night. He has performed all over New York and New Jersey and has been featured at many colleges and universities. He was a finalist in the New York Def... more››

greg purnell

(We never received a bio for Greg, so the program just had his name on it. If you're out there, please email us a bio!


Shihan is a Lower East Side native, who currently works in LA as a martial arts instructor and High School volunteer. He has performed throughout the US and can soon be seen opening the upcoming BET Awards on June 19th. He currently runs California’s largest weekly poetry venue... more››