Your Local Slam

Slam poets compete against one another, but also collectively as teams. Teams are generally organized around performance venues, their local slam homes. They compete with neighboring teams to hone their skills and sometimes compete in regional team slams for bragging rights. When they feel ready, they might step up to compete in the big top, the annual National Poetry Slam.

P4 has compiled a list of slams from information provided by Poetry Slam, Inc., the Nationals promoter, and from scouring the Internet. The information is searchable by Province or State, and City to help you find a team and its venue near you. P4 tracks all the basic information we can about each slam, but click on the link to the slam's websites for full details. 

A few notes about this list:

  • IMPORTANT:  Note that this listing contains both active and inactive slams.  If you want to search only active slams, be sure to select that option before your search.
  • Try as we might, no list of slam teams or venues can ever be complete or up-to-date. Teams form and dissolve and venues shift from place to place or go out of business, all without notice. 
  • If you see any errors or oversights in this list, please get in touch. We’ll do our best to update our list with your information. Thanks.
  • If you are an organizer with any of these venues, or know of any slams that are now listed here, definitely let us know!
Slam Name Country Active? State/Province City Main Website
Breath in Poetry Canada Active Alberta Edmonton Link
Broken Speech United States Inactive Florida Orlando Link
Brooklyn Poetry Slam United States Active New York Brooklyn Link
Button Poetry Live United States Active Minnesota St Paul Link
Calgary SLAM! Canada Active Alberta Calgary Link
Capital Slam Canada Active Ontario Ottawa Link
Chicago Four Star Poetry Club United States Active Illinois Chicago Link
Commonwealth Slam United States Active Virginia Fredericksburg Link
Creative Heat Poetry Slam United States Inactive Louisiana Lafayette Link
Da Poetry Lounge United States Active California Los Angeles Link
DaDa slam United States Active Florida Delray Beach Link
Dallas Poetry Grind United States Inactive Texas Dallas Link
Dayton Poetry Slam United States Active Ohio Dayton Link
Denver Mercury Slam United States Active Colorado Denver Link
Des Moines Poetry Slam United States Active Iowa Des Moines Link
Eclectic Truth Poetry Slam United States Active Louisiana Baton Rouge Link
Farrago United Kingdom Active London Link
Fayetteville Word Wars United States Active Arkansas Fayetteville Link
Final Friday Poetry Slam United States Inactive New Mexico Albuquerque Link
FIST (Florida Invitation Slam Tournament) United States Active Florida Daytona Beach Link