2008 Nuyorican Grand Slam Finale


Poets submitted these bios to me for the 2008 Finale Program, so they may not reflect projects and accomplishments since that time. See each individual listing for more recent links and projects.


Darian Dauchan an actor, solo performer, NYU Grad, and San Francisco native has in the past 2 1/2 years embraced the art of Spoken Word and within his first three months had won slams at all three major poetry venues in New York City which include the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, and Bar 13. In addition he has competed as a semifinalist in all three venues, was a member of the... more››

adam falkner

Adam Falkner is a multiple-time member and coach of national poetry slam teams representing both the youth community of Ann Arbor and The University of Michigan. Adam's work has appeared in a number of anthologies, magazines and academic journals, and his first solo hip-hop LP (Control the Circle) has sold upwards of 3,000 copies.  Currently, it is only available for purchase from out the trunk of his car. * ... more››

jamaal st. john

Jamaal St. John is a 32 year old poet who hails from New Rochelle,NY. He has been performing spoken word for over 13 years, getting his start at the World's Famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe in 1994. He has performed all over the US and Canada. He is a 3 time winner of the Toronto International Poetry Slam and has held the title of Nuyorican Slam King. He is also a 4 time Nuyorican Grand Slam Finalist and has 3 spoken... more››

soulful jones

It began at the Nuyorican in September 2006.At the crossroads of a very bad decision and a chance SoulfulJones took the chance and stumbled into the world renowned poetry cafe. Inspired by what he heard and saw he performed on the "Open Room" open mic. From there the rest is history .The singer songwriter producer turned spoken word artist found an arena where all the crafts he embodies could be merged... more››

rico steal

RICO Steal gets to call the NUYORICAN, Home Sweet Home. This Trini poet, is a Graphic Designer and Spoken Word Artist. Who's passionate word flow, has brought him back once again to the Nuyorican Poets Café: GRAND SLAM FINAL. He is also a 2x Grand Slam Finalist @ Urbana-BoweryPoetryClub, and a member of last years 6th ranked NYC-Urbana Slam Team. As a designer Rico has produced SPY and DICKSEY®, his Graphic... more››