The 2001 Austin Austin National Slam Team

Jeff Knight, Ernice Cline, Sara Winn, and Ragan Fox

Jeff Knight, Ernie Cline, Sara Winn, Ragan Fox, and
Susan B. Anthony Somers-Willet - Coach/Alternate (she took the photo)

The 2001 National Poetry Slam was held in Seattle, WA. Austin placed 24th out of 56 teams



Ernie Cline makes his living imposing order on chaos. He suggests that you take the red pill. His new spoken word CD , Ultraman is Airwolf, is now available in stores. Please buy one. If he doesn't pay off Jabba the Hutt, he's a dead man. Ernie is the 2001 Austin Slam Champion. Like it means something.

Ragan Fox is a writer and actor from Austin, Texas. Fox received both is B.S. and M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied performance. While completing his graduate degree, Fox wrote, directed and starred in two award winning one-man shows: Raganomics and Penises & Vaginas. He has self-published two chapbooks, Ding Dongs and Ragan Fox as Boygina, and his work has appeared in In Our Own Voices: A Generation Defining Itself Vol. 3 and on the NPS: Multi-Voice Showcase CD.

Jeff Knight has been slamming since 1995, coached the 1998 Austin team and was a member of the 2000 Austin team. He's been published in Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, and other places, and writes for an educational software company.

Sara Sutterfield Winn recently received her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She's been involved in Austin's poetry/spoken word community since 1998 and writes mostly about lollipops and tweety birds.

Susan B. Anthony Somers-Willett (alternate/coach) is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her poems have appeared in Haydenís Ferry Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and she is the winner of The Madison Reviewís 2000 Phyllis Smart Young Prize in poetry. Her dissertation, entitled Authenticating Voices, addresses race and the role of performative identities in slam poetry.

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