2002 Nuyorican Grand Slam Finale


Poets submitted these bios to me for the 2002 Finale Program, so they may not reflect projects and accomplishments since that time. See each individual listing for more recent links and projects.

kahlil almustafa

Kahlil Almustafa is redefining modern poetry, using simple language is a dynamic way. He discusses complex issues in the voice of the common man. His first collection of poetry, “Grandma’s Soup” has been featured in Black Issues Book Review. He is working on a children’s book, “The Balloon that Kissed the Sky” and a collection of essays.  His current fight is in the Reparations... more››


Devynity, born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, began writing at the age of 13. Influenced by emcees and spoken word artists alike, Devynity began performing at 15. Her poetry defines her as both a rambunctious teenager and a young woman coming into her own. With the completion of her first CD: “Devynity the Spoken Word Joynt”, she hopes to get her... more››


Born June 11, 1976 under the sign of Gemini, this artist is true to the zodiac’s definition. Originally from Mount Vernon, NY, Gemineye began writing in 1997 while attending the State University of New York at Albany. After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, he moved... more››

harlem 125

Born and currently residing in Harlem, NY,  is a juggernaut of artistic edu-activism. An alum of Rice High School Penn State University and Bowling Green State University. He received his BA in Psychology and his MA in Higher Education by age 24. 125 was a featured poet at the Jacob Javitz Center’s 2001 Black Expo & Kwazaa. He has perfomed at Yale University, Jimmy’s Uptown Cafe and numerous venues... more››

narubi selah

Spoken Word Artist, Poet, Vocalist, Lyricist, Writer. Storming out of Trenton, New Jersey; at 25 she has already made her mark. Former vocalist of PRT (Poor Righteous Teachers); ranked 11th poet in the nation at 2001 Grand Slam Nationals in Seattle, Washington; and chosen by Susan Taylor as Spoken Word Artist for 2001 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.... more››