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
Union Square Slam United States Inactive New York New York Link
Unlimited Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Arlington Link
Untitled Open Mic United States Active Massachusetts Lowell Link
Uptown Poetry Slam United States Active Illinois Chicago Link
Urban Echo Poetry Slam United States Inactive Michigan Detroit Link
Urban Legends Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario Ottawa Link
Urban Spoken Word United States Active Wisconsin Madison Link
Urbana Poetry Slam United States Inactive New York New York Link
UrbSlam Saint Louis United States Active Missouri St. Louis Link
Vancouver Poetry Slam Canada Active British Columbia Vancouver Link
Verbal Slap Poetry Slam United States Active Connecticut Hartford Link
Victoria Poerty Slam Canada Active British Columbia Victoria Link
We Flip Tables Canada Active Ontario Mississauga Link
Wednesday Night Poetry United States Active Arkansas Hot Springs Link
WeSpoke Slam United States Active Florida Tampa Link
White Plains Library Slam United States Active New York White Plains Link
Wichita Falls Poetry Slam United States Inactive Texas Witchita Falls Link
Winnipeg Poetry Slam Canada Active Manitoba Winnipeg Link
Witch City Poetry Slam United States Active Massachusetts Salem Link
Worcester Poetry Slam - Poets' Asylum United States Inactive Massachusetts Worcester Link