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
Fresh Water Wordsmiths United States Active Michigan Detroit Link
FrontEra Poetry Slam United States Active Texas El Paso Link
Fuck Yeah Poetry Slam! United States Active California San Francisco Link
Full Moon Poets United States Active California Encinitas Link
Good Clear Sound United States Active Virginia Richmond Link
Guelph Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario Guelph Link
Hali Youth Poetry Slam Canada Active Nova Scotia Halifax Link
Hamilton Youth Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario Hamilton Link
Hammer and Tongue United Kingdom Active Brighton Link
Hammer and Tongue United Kingdom Active Bristol Link
Hammer and Tongue United Kingdom Active Cambridge Link
Hammer and Tongue United Kingdom Active Hackney Link
Hammer and Tongue United Kingdom Active Oxford Link
Hammer and Tongue United Kingdom Active Waterloo Link
Hampshire College Slam Collective United States Inactive Massachusetts Amherst Link
Hawaii Slam United States Active Hawaii Honolulu Link
Hear Here! United States Active Colorado Colorado Springs Link
Hear, Here! United States Active Colorado Colorado Springs Link
Hot Springs Valley Open Mic Night United States Active Arkansas
Houston VIP Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Houston Link

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