Of the many poets appearing in SlamNation, the following are featured most prominently.
Jessica Care Moore/Team New York City
Jessica Care Moore is an internationally celebrated poet. She is CEO of Moore Black Press and has published poets Saul Williams and Sharrif Simmons. She has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and is well known for her history making appearances on It’s Showtime at the Apollo.
Daniel Ferri /Team Berwyn, IL
Dan holds several Master’s degrees, has been a potter, a fork lift truck driver and is currently a 6th grade school teacher. Dan is also a regular commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He retired from slam competition in 1999. He lives in Lombard, Illinois with his wife Meriel, who is a musician, and his daughter Rosa.
How To Be A Teacher
New School Year
Dot Matrix Dancing
Pearl Harbor Commentary
Teacher Remembers a Special Student
This I Believe: The Kindness of Strangers
Brian Comiskey/Team Boston
A poet and roofer, Brian has been on Team Boston many times. In 1998, he won third place in the Individual Championships of the Austin National Poetry Slam.
Michael Brown/ Boston SlamMaster
Author of three books of poetry Michael has performed in the US National Slam Championships several times and organized the 1992 Nationals in Boston. He is the General Secretary of the Poetry Olympics, first held in Stockholm in 1998, co-director of The Culture of Peace, an international exchange of poets and artists, and is founder of www.slamnews.com. His day job is Professor of Communications at Mount Ida College, Newton.
Sean Shea/Team Providence
Sean has been an instructor of Electronic Music at Brown University and a campaign manager for Lt. Governor of Rhode Island. He currently has an EP of swing music with the Canadian group “Combomatic.”
Bill MacMillan/Team Providence
Bill is founder host of the Worcester Poets Asylum and helped organize the 2000 Poetry Slam Nationals in Providence. He runs poetry and recovery workshops, helps run a music festival for people in recovery, and drinks way too much coffee. In his other life, Bill is the Curator for Exhibits at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester. He lives in Worcester, MA with his wife Sou and son Liberty.
Jack McCarthy/Team Boston
Jack was a member of the Boston team at the 1996 National Poetry Slam, and was an engaging minor character in the feature film “Slamnation,” which documented those proceedings, and he was a member of the Worcester team at the 2000 National Poetry Slam, where he finished as the 10th ranked individual. The Boston Phoenix has named him “Best Standup Poet” the Boston Poetry Awards “Best Love Poet” and the Cambridge Poetry Awards “Best Spoken Word” and “Best Humorous Poet.” The Boston Globe says, “In the poetry world, he’s a rock star.”
Recently relocated to the state of Washington, Jack can be reached at email@example.com.
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