December 29, 2023 to June 28, 2024

A Special Late Night Monthly Event!

In collaboration with The Nuyorican Poets Cafe! 

Pregones PRTT and the Nuyorican Poets Café are proud to introduce the Monthly Final Fridays (formerly known as the GRAND SLAM) at the historic Puerto Rican Traveling Theater! Welcoming our new NEW HOST, Tony McPherson, the competing poets for the Monthly Final Friday will consist of poets curated by our host and winners of the weekly Nuyorican Bowery Slam at the Bowery Poetry Club. Poets will perform for 3 minutes or less and be judged by chosen audience members.

Grand Slam winners receive $100 and a chance to compete in the Grand Slam Finale for $1,000 in December 2024. Along with $1,000, the Grand Slam Finale winner will also win a produced performance at the Nuyorican Poets Café when it reopens in 2027. The evening will include music, poetic features, and will be immediately followed by the Twilight Hour Open Mic. Tickets are $35 online or at the door upon arrival. We look forward to having you join us for what is sure to be a legendary and magical evening!

  • What is a Poetry Slam? A Poetry Slam is a friendly competition where poets perform at least 2 poems of 3 minutes or less, any theme, no props. Audience members are chosen as judges.
  • Who will perform? The competing poets for this special monthly GRAND SLAM are winners of the weekly Nuyorican Bowery Slam, where every Monday night poets from all over the world compete at the Bowery Poetry Club to earn a spot in the grand slam finale at The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.
  • Who will host? The GRAND SLAM is hosted by the Emmy-winning Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and proud Pregonera, Caridad De La Luz “La Bruja”
  • What can I expect? The Grand Slam will include music, poetic features and will be immediately followed by a Twilight Open Mic.
  • What happens to the winners? Grand Slam winners receive $50 and a chance to compete in the Grand Slam Finale for $1k in December 2024 and a guaranteed produced performance at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe when it reopens in 2027.
$35 Tickets

Late night! 10pm to midnight!

In-person performances at
304 W 47th St, between 8th & 9th Avenues
in Manhattan

Buy your tickets early online. Link below or at top of page.

GENERAL TICKETS: Starting at $25

More About The Nuyorican Poets Cafe – Click To Open

Nuyorican LogoFounded in 1973, the Nuyorican Poets Café began as a living room salon in the East Village apartment of writer and poet Miguel Algarin along with other playwrights, poets, and musicians of color whose work was not accepted by the mainstream academic, entertainment or publishing industries. By 1981, the overflow of audience and artists led the Café to purchase a former tenement building at 236 East 3rd Street, and to expand its activities and programs. Since then it has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater and visual arts. Our community of spectators, artists and students is a reflection of New York City’s diverse population; the late American poet Allen Ginsberg called the Café “the most integrated place on the planet.” For a complete history visit

More About Pregones PRTT – Click To Open

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (aka Pregones/PRTT) is a multigenerational performing ensemble, multidiscipline arts presenter, and owner/steward of bilingual arts facilities in The Bronx and Manhattan. Our mission is to champion a Puerto Rican/Latinx cultural legacy of universal value through creation and performance of original plays and musicals, exchange and partnership with other artists of merit, and engagement of diverse audiences.

COVID-19 Visitor Safety Info – Click To Open

PLEASE NOTE: Face masks are suggested but not required for this event. By purchasing a ticket or asking for entry to our events, you agree to abide by this rule.
If you have a sore throat, are feeling sick in any other way, or have been recently exposed to COVID-19, we kindly ask that you stay home. We will gladly exchange your tickets to a different date, pending availability.

Our Esteemed Funders – Click To Open

Pregones/PRTT’s Mainstage is generously funded by Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Shubert Foundation, and Scherman Foundation. Programs also made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. For a full list of our funders, please visit

Directions to the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater – Click To Open

Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
304 W 47th St 
(b/w 8th & 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 1036

Trains # 1, C, E to 50th Street

For more information call us at 718-585-1202


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